Auto Accessories: Flo 🍁

Name: Flo

Products: Chargers for electric vehicles, monitoring service for the chargers

Manufactured In: Shawinigan, Quebec

Where to Buy: Company website

Website: flo.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes, most likely

Though ownership isn’t entirely clear, Flo is owned by Quebec company AddEnergie, and produces charging stations for electric vehicles for the residential, business and commercial markets.

Maybe buy a Solo and a Flo charger and you’ll get about as Canadian an electric vehicle experience as you can find.

Parts: IDEAL Brake Parts 🍁

Name: IDEAL Brake Parts

Products: Brake pads and drum shoes

Manufactured In: Guelph, Ontario

Where to Buy: Brake distributors

Website: idealbrakeparts.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Available across Canada, IDEAL Brake parts offers coverage for 99% of vehicles on the road today. From small passenger cars to heavy duty trucks, and 3 industry leading formulations available, you’ll be sure to find the IDEAL pad for your vehicle. All IDEAL brakes are asbestos-free with many components sourced from the greater Toronto area. IDEAL Brake Parts are made by ABS Friction, a Canadian family-owned company and brake industry leader for over 20 years. They truly believe in one of our most important mottos: BORN, MADE, STAYED, in CANADA!

Automotive Accessories: Clek 📈

Name: Clek Inc.

Products: Car seats

Manufactured In: London, Ontario

Where to Buy: Online or various retailers

Website: clekinc.ca

Canadian Owned: Part of Magna International, publicly-traded Canadian company

Though it isn’t obvious on the surface, research shows that Clek is owned by Magna Aftermarket, which is part of the Magna conglomerate based in Aurora, Ontario.

Clek makes several different models of high-tech baby and child safety seats that purport to offer best in class safety, convenience and style.

Vehicles: ElectraMeccanica 📈🍁

Name: ElectraMeccanica

Products: Electric vehicles

Manufactured In: China

Where to Buy: Reserve on company website

Website: electrameccanica.com

Canadian Owned: Yes – publicly traded but controlled by the Canadian management team

When’s the last time you heard of a Canadian car company? ElectraMeccanica is based in Vancouver, and about to start mass-producing the Solo, an electric commuter vehicle that sells for under $20K (pre-tax). As of April, they had an order book of $2.4 billion – the total value of orders for the Solo and Tofino (a forthcoming 2-seater roadster) that have been placed.

Accessories: Silverwax 🍁

Name: Silverwax

Products: Car care products

Manufactured In: Quebec City, Quebec

Where to Buy:  Online, Canadian Tire and other retailers

Website: silverwax.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Silverwax produces a variety of care products for cars, motorcycles and RVs. We believe their line of products available online is more extensive than you can find at retailers, so if you’re looking for a specific product, check online!

Car Rental: Location Sauvageau 🍁

Name: Location Sauvageau

Products: Vehicle rental

Headquartered In: St-Raymond, Québec

Where to Buy: 40 locations throughout Quebec

Website: sauvageau.qc.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Location Sauvageau not only rents the usual cars, SUVs and trucks, they also rent specialty vehicles, such as bucket trucks, refrigerated vans, etc., more geared towards businesses with unique needs.

Vehicles: Can Am Spyder 🍁

Name: Can-Am Spyder

Products: 3-wheeled motorcycle

Manufactured In: Valcourt, Quebec

Where to buy: Dealers everywhere

Website: brp.ca/spyder

Canadian Owned: Yes

The Spyder is a unique 3-wheel vehicle introduced in 2007. Not quite a motorcycle, and not quite a trike, the Spyder has two wheels in the front and one in the back. Note that the engine appears to be manufactured in Austria.

Bombardier is the manufacturer of the Spyder, and though they are publicly traded we marked them as Canadian because they are controlled by Canadians.

Tires: Goodyear

Name: Goodyear
Products: Passenger and light truck tires
Manufactured In: Napanee, Ontario and Medicine Hat, Alberta
Where to Buy: Tire shops across Canada
Website: goodyear.ca
Canadian Owned: No

Goodyear employs about 750 people in Napanee and 300 in Medicine Hat making tires for cars and light trucks.

It appears that tires made in Napanee will be molded with the code DOT 4B in the sidewall, while Medicine Hat tires will have DOT PC. Example image here.

Tires: Michelin

Name: Michelin

Products: Tires

Manufactured In: Bridgewater, Waterville, Pictou County, Nova Scotia

Where to Buy: Tire shops across Canada

Website: michelin.ca

Canadian Owned: No

Michelin Canada employs 3,400 people producing car tires and bus tires in Nova Scotia.

Michelin let us know that it’s very difficult to identify specific tires that are made in Nova Scotia, as different lines and sizes are shipped throughout North America from all their facilities. However,  you can identify tires made at these plants with the DOT codes molded in their sidewall as follows: DOT B3, DOT HN, DOT M5. We’re not sure it’s possible to get this information before actually buying a tire, but it’s the best we’ve got.

Tires: Bridgestone/Firestone

Name: Bridgestone/Firestone

Products: Tires

Manufactured In: Joliette, Quebec

Where to Buy: Dealers across Canada

Website: bridgestonetire.com

Canadian Owned: No

The plant in Joliette produces tires for cars and light trucks. The plant employs 1,300 people and makes 17,000 tires per day. In 2016, the company embarked on a $300 million, 5-year expansion plan that will continue to grow capacity and employment at the plant.

We have reached out to the company to try to find out which type of tires are produced at the plant. In the meantime, tires manufactured at this plant should have DOT 9B, DOT VN, or DOT XY molded into the sidewall.