Liquor: J.P. Wiser’s 🍁

Name: J.P. Wiser’s

Products: J.P. Wiser’s Whisky

Distilled In: Windsor, ON

Website: www.jpwisers.com/ca/

Canadian Owned: Yes

When you need to get your drink on, put down your Jim Beam and your Jack Daniel’s and grab some J.P. Wiser’s. J.P. Wiser’s is Canada’s oldest continuously produced whisky, being in operation since 1857.  Owned by Corby Spirit and Wine, which is traded on the TSX, J.P. Wiser’s is a proudly Canadian brand that can provide you with all your whisky needs.

Mattresses: Essentia 🍁

Name: Essentia

Product: Memory foam mattresses, pillows and dog beds

Manufactured in: Montreal, Quebec

Website: www.myessentia.com

Canadian owned: Yes

You may remember these guys from Dragon’s Den on CBC. Since their appearance on the Den, they’ve expanded across North America, but still make their products by hand in Canada. A couple years ago they moved their offices to Florida, which was a bit disappointing. They tend to be quite a bit more expensive than their other memory foam competitors, but claim that their products are healthier.

Mattresses: Douglas by Novosbed 🍁

Name: Douglas by Novosbed

Product: Memory foam mattress

Manufactured in: Ontario and Quebec

Website: www.douglasbed.ca

Canadian owned: Yes

Douglas is a memory foam mattress from Novosbed, a Canadian company. Novosbed’s other lines (other than Logan & Cove) appear to be manufactured in the USA, but Douglas is made in factories in Ontario and Quebec. They’ve upped the ante on Endy a little bit with a 120 night sleep trial and 15 year warranty.

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Web Hosting: Web Hosting Canada 🍁

Name: Web Hosting Canada

ProductsGuess (Web hosting!)

Located in: Montreal, Quebec

Website: whc.ca (affiliate link)

Canadian owned: Yes

WHC has been in operation since 2003 and locates their servers on the east and west coasts of Canada, meaning you don’t need to worry about the Patriot Act like you do when hosting in the US. Special bonus – their pricing is very competitive with the best US providers – so why not support a Canadian company? WHC is the company we use to host this site.

Cookware: Paderno 🍁

Name: Paderno

Products: Pots, pans, cookware, bakeware

Manufactured in: Charlottetown, PEI

Where to buy: Canadian Tire

Website: paderno.com

Canadian owned: Yes (recently purchased by Canadian Tire)

Since 1979, Paderno has been producing quality, Canadian-made cookware on Prince Edward Island. The Paderno brand was recently purchased by Canadian Tire, so it appears you can only buy their products through CT. Be aware that they do have product lines that are not made in Canada, so keep a close eye on what you’re purchasing. The manufacturing operations in PEI are owned by Meyer, a Hong Kong-based company, who continue to manufacture the Paderno brand.

Mattresses: Endy 🍁

Name: Endy

Products: Memory foam mattresses, sheets, pillows

Manufactured In: Montreal, QC

Website: www.ca.endy.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Endy is a Canadian owned online matress distributer, praised by the Globe and Mail, and selling over 40,000 mattresses across Canada. Endy is highly praised and uses all-Canadian materials. They offer a 100-night trial, a 10-year warranty, and even interest-free financing. If you’re looking to sleep comfortably and support the Great White North, Endy may be the way to go.

 

Restaurants: Cara Operations / Recipe Unlimited Corporation 📈

Name: Cara Operations (pending name change to Recipe Unlimited Corporation)

Products: Restaurants

Headquartered In: Vaughan, ON

Website: www.cara.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Cara Operations, soon to be changing its name to Recipe Unlimited Corporation, is a Canadian company that holds the rights to many brands of restaurants across Canada. Based in Vaughan, ON, and employing approximately between 26,000-40,000 across Canada and the USA, Cara owns so many restaurant chains that there’s a good chance there are more than one of their restaurants a short drive away from you. Their restaurants include:

  • Swiss Chalet
  • Milestones
  • Montana’s
  • Kelsey’s
  • Harvey’s
  • Bier Markt
  • Casey’s
  • East Side Mario’s
  • New York Fries
  • Fionn MacCool’s
  • D’Arcy McGee’s
  • Paddy Flaherty’s
  • Tír nan Óg
  • The Keg
  • St-Hubert

As you can probably tell, Cara has a pretty big foothold in Canadian restaurants, so you should have no trouble finding one near you.

 

Restaurants: A&W 🍁

Name: A&W

Products: Fast Food

Headquartered In: North Vancouver, BC

Website: www.aw.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Though originally a part of the American A&W fast food chain when founded in Winnipeg, MB in 1956, A&W was sold to Unilever, a British-Dutch company in 1972. However, the management bought out the chain in 1995, eliminating any corporate ties outside of Canada. Now, A&W is based in North Vancouver, BC, employing over 35,000 people as of 2016. With A&W being the second largest fast food burger chain in Canada, with over 850 restaurants, you shouldn’t be hard-pressed to find one next time you feel the urge for a burger.

Automobiles: General Motors 📈

Name: General Motors of Canada

Products: Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Equinox

Manufactured In: Oshawa, ON & Ingersoll, ON

Website: http://www.gm.ca/gm/

Canadian Owned: No

GM Canada is a Canadian subsidiary General Motors, headquartered in Oshawa, ON. According to the Government of Canada’s list of vehicles made in Canada in 2017, GM Canada manufactures the Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac XTS in Oshawa, ON, and the Chevrolet Equinox in Ingersoll, ON. As with Ford and Chrysler, parts and money will flow back and forth across the border, but the cars themselves are put together in Canada.