Electronics: Anthem

Name: Anthem

Products: Audio electronics (pre-amps, power amps, integrated amps, A/V processors, etc)

Manufactured In: Mississauga, Ontario (and Vietnam)

Where to Buy: Online and in stores

Website: anthemav.com

Canadian Owned: No (owned by a US private equity firm)

Anthem is a sister company of Paradigm, and another Canadian manufacturer of high-end audio equipment. Much of their equipment is manufactured in Canada, though some is from overseas. The Anthem/Paradigm facility in Mississauga employs more than 300 people.

Electronics: NAD 🍁

Name: NAD

Products: Headphones, amplifiers, receivers, turntables, CD players, digital music players

Manufactured In: Not Canada

Where to buy: Global network of dealers

Website: nadelectronics.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Like Bluesound and PSB, NAD is a brand owned by Lenbrook Industries of Pickering, Ontario. Formed in 1972, they are renowned for high-quality audio at affordable prices.

Electronics: Totem Acoustic 🍁

Name: Totem Acoustic

Products: Loudspeakers

Manufactured In: Montreal, Quebec

Where to Buy: Retailers across Canada

Website: totemacoustic.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Since 1987, Totem Acoustic has been making some of the highest-quality speakers in the world, making them one of Canada’s best-known speaker manufacturers. They aren’t cheap, but if you are looking for sound quality, it’s hard to go wrong with Totem.

It appears that in many cases they source their drivers, tweeters and woofers from overseas, but assemble the final product in Montreal.

Electronics: Ecobee

Name: Ecobee

Products: Smart thermostat

Manufactured In: Unsure, but likely not Canada

Where to Buy: Online, Air Miles rewards, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Home Depot

Website: ecobee.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Ecobee, a Toronto-based company with approximately 310 employees, offers a smart thermostat in a similar vein to competitors Nest and Honeywell. Their ownership is unclear – while founded by Canadians, they have had several investment rounds with backing by Amazon and other companies, so it’s possible they are not Canadian owned.

Electronics: Paradigm

Name: Paradigm

Products: Speakers

Manufactured In: Mississauga, Ontario (majority)

Where to buy: Authorized dealers

Website: paradigm.com

Canadian Owned: No (owned by a US private equity firm)

Here we have yet another Canadian manufacturer of high-quality, audiophile-respected speakers. They manufacture home theatre, wireless, outdoor/marine, in-wall/in-ceiling and pretty much every other type of speaker that you can think of. The majority of their product portfolio is made in Mississauga, but some is made overseas.

Sister company of Anthem.

Electronics: BlackBerry 📈

Name: BlackBerry

Products: Smartphones, enterprise software

Manufactured In: China

Where to buy: Wireless carriers, electronics stores

Website: blackberrymobile.com

Canadian Owned: Publicly traded on NYSE, TSX

Once the darling of smartphone users everywhere, BlackBerry has largely fallen off the map except for some diehard enthusiasts. Their phones are now manufactured in China by TCL, and run the Android operating system. They still have a reputation for strong security, and they’re the only company making a phone with a physical keyboard.

Despite their decline in the smartphone market, they have carved out a niche in enterprise software, and their QNX platform is heavily used in vehicles.

Electronics: Axiom Audio 🍁

Name: Axiom Audio

Products: Speakers

Manufactured In: Dwight, Ontario

Where to buy: Online

Website: axiomaudio.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Axiom Audio was formed in 1980. In 1982, founder Ian Colquhoun joined the National Research Council project in Ottawa, that aimed to standardize the measurement of loudspeaker sound. In 1983, Colquhoun moved the company to Dwight, Ontario, adjacent to Algonquin Park. Over the years they’ve won many awards and have a fascinating range of speakers, including AxiomAir, a Sonos-like product with better audio quality.

Electronics: Bryston 🍁

Name: Bryston Ltd

Products: Audio Electronics

Manufactured In: Peterborough, Ontario

Where to Buy: Authorized Dealers in most countries

Website: bryston.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Bryston has been designing and manufacturing state of the art specialty electronics for both the consumer and professional audio marketplaces for over 35 years. From all accounts, their products are enthusiastically received by audiophiles and known for their quality.

Their line of speakers appears to be built by Axiom Audio in Dwight, Ontario.

Electronics: Quantum5X Systems 🍁

Name: Quantum5X Systems

Products: Wireless microphone transmitters and receivers

Manufactured In: London, Ontario

Where to Buy: List of dealers

Website: Q5X.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Q5X is the only Canadian manufacturer of broadcast quality wireless microphone transmitters and their products are used globally. Their primary market is professional sports broadcast and their PlayerMics and RefMics are used by the NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, CFL and other sports leagues around the world.  Their products are also used extensively in reality TV production, film production and live theatre.

Electronics: Yorkville Sound 🍁

Name: Yorkville Sound

Products: Audio Equipment, Guitar Amps, Speakers, Amplifiers

Manufactured in: Pickering, Ontario

Where to buy: List of dealers

Website: yorkville.com

Canadian owned: Yes

Currently Yorkville Sound manufactures a full line of professional PA products including mixers, amplifiers, active and passive loudspeaker cabinets and lighting in Canada, at the Pickering facility. Yorkville Sound also designs and manufactures a complete line of Canadian made tube and solid state instrument amplifiers under the Traynor brand for Canada, the US and export markets. Their Made in Canada products are identified on their website.