Tools: Gray Tools 🍁

Name: Gray Tools

Products: Professional quality hand tools and toolboxes

Manufactured in: Brampton, Ontario

Website: shopgraytools.com

Canadian owned: Yes

Founded in 1912, Gray Tools is one of the only Canadian tool manufacturers still in existence. With 4,000 products available and 60 workers manufacturing in Brampton, Gray is privately owned and active in supporting community causes. Their Dynamic line is made outside of Canada, however.

Clothing: Jerico Sportswear 🍁

Name: Jerico Sportswear

ProductsWide variety of clothing for all ages

Manufactured In: Toronto, Ontario

Website: jerico.ca

Canadian owned: Yes

Since 1987, Jerico has operated as a family business in the hugely competitive clothing industry. Despite massive competition from low-cost countries, they continue to employ Canadians and produce quality, socially-conscious apparel. They are an absolute rarity.

Restaurants: Second Cup 📈

Name: Second Cup

Products: Coffee (and other coffee shop stuff)

Headquarters: Mississauga, Ontario (franchises across Canada)

Canadian owned: Publicly traded on TSX

Website: secondcup.com

Tim Hortons? Owned by Brazilian firm 3G Capital. Starbucks? American. Timothy’s? (Ok, now it’s Canadian owned by MTY Group.) To get your authentically Canadian coffee fix, Second Cup is the place to be.

Beer: Moosehead 🍁

Name: Moosehead Breweries

Products: Beer

Manufactured in: Saint John, New Brunswick

Website: moosehead.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Beer brands like Labatt and Molson have always been synonymous with Canada. But did you know that these companies are now part of multinational corporations headquartered elsewhere? Moosehead Breweries is the largest remaining Canadian-owned brewery in the country.

Internet: Shopify 📈

Name: Shopify

Product: e-Commerce Platform

Headquarters: Ottawa, Ontario

Website: www.shopify.ca

Canadian owned: Publicly traded on TSX and NYSE

From humble beginnings in Ottawa, Shopify has grown to a major player in the e-commerce space. With revenue of more than $580 million a year and 500,000 merchants using its service, if you want to sell stuff online, start with Shopify.

Confections: Nestlé 📈

Name: Nestlé

Products: Coffee Crisp, KitKat, Smarties

Manufactured In: Toronto, ON

Website: www.nestle.com

Canadian Owned: No

The retaliatory tariffs list includes chocolate, licorice, and confectionery products. Luckily, there are many manufacturers of such products in Canada. Nestlé is one such manufacturer. They produce Coffee Crisp, KitKat, and Smarties in Toronto. There are many other confectioners in Canada, so make sure to check out the Confectionery page.

Bread and Confections: Canada Bread 📈

Name: Canada Bread

Products: Various bread products and pastries

Manufactured In: Across Canada

Website: www.canadabread.com

Canadian Owned: No

Canada Bread is a producer and distributor of bread and bakery products through Canada. They’re owned by the Mexican company Grupo Bimbo, and according to Wikipedia, operate 17 bakeries and employ about 4,000 Canadians.  They own several brands of bread and confectionery products.

  • Villaggio
  • Stonemill
  • Pom
  • Dempster’s
  • Bon Matin
  • Vachon
  • Ben’s

Vachon is known for being the brand containing classic Candian snacks such as the Jos Louis, the May West, the Ah Caramel!, and the  ½ Moon, more commonly known as the ½ Lune Moon due to their packaging. While they’re not owned by a Canadian company, they also aren’t American, and they employ many Canadians.

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.