Food: Gay Lea Foods 🍁

Name:Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited

Product: Butter, Nordica Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream, Real Whipped Cream, Longlife Aseptic – Soft Serve & Milkshake Mix, Fluids – UHT Milk & Cream, Cheese

Manufactured in: Ontario

Where to buy: Grocery stores,


Canadian owned: Yes

Gay Lea Foods is a leader in the Canadian dairy industry and the largest dairy co-operative in Ontario. Dedicated to innovation, the development of high quality products and growing the market for Canadian milk, we are 100% Canadian-owned, with members on more than 1,395 dairy farms in Ontario and Manitoba, and more than 4,295 producer and investor shareholders.

Food: Sprague Foods Limited 🍁

Name: Sprague Foods Limited

Products: Soups, Beans, Specialty Beans, Baked Beans

Manufactured in: Belleville, Ontario

Where to buy: Costco, Select Metro, Farmboy, Sobey’s, No Frills, Local retailers


Canadian owned: Yes

Sprague Foods is a medium-sized Canadian cannery, preserving quality foods since 1925. They are regulated by the CFIA and FDA and are also BRC, Organic, and Kosher certified.

Sprague is one of the dozens of canneries that started up in Prince Edward County, Ontario, between 1882, when the first cannery opened, until the mid-1900s, when the local canning industry took a sharp downturn. Of the approximately 75 small independent canneries that once operated in the County, Sprague is the only cannery that survived. Sprague moved to their current location in Belleville in 1996.

Beverages: Bec Sodas 🍁

Name: Bec

Products: Sodas

Manufactured In: Quebec

Where to buy: Store finder – available in a variety of locations across the country

Canadian owned: Yes

Honestly, they had me at “sweetened with maple syrup”. Throw in organic and locally-sourced, and you have a winner. Though they seem to be most available around Montreal, a quick search showed they’re in some Whole Foods locations in Ontario.

Condiments: Papa D’s 🍁

Name: Papa D’s

Products: “Hot Sawce”, hot maple syrup, hot honey

Manufactured In: Windsor, ON

Where to buy: Online, various retail locations


Canadian Owned: Yes

Papa D’s is a fresh, local, handcrafted, preservative-free producer of hot sauce, hot honey, and hot maple syrup. Their goal is to make a hot sauce that “actually has flavour”. They proudly make their products with locally sourced ingredients in Windsor.

Personal Care & Honey: Toronto Honeys 🍁

Name: Toronto Honeys

Products: Honey, Lip balm

Manufactured In: Toronto, ON

Where to buy: Bloordale, Fort York, Karma Co-op Food Store


Canadian Owned: Yes

Toronto Honey’s is a small honey and lip balm producer with a focus on being organic and environmentally friendly. They have hives at Fort York and Islington United Church. If you’re looking for honey in the GTA and want to keep it local, check these guys out.


Frozen Treats: Kawartha Dairy 🍁

Name: Kawartha Dairy

Products: Ice cream, milk, butter, cream, etc.

Manufactured In: Bobcaygeon, ON

Where to buy: other retailers Kawartha Dairy stores and


Canadian Owned: Yes

Kawartha Dairy is a fully Canadian and family-owned company operating for over 80 years. I personally have one of their stores near my home, and they are without a doubt the best ice cream in town. Check them out!

Restaurants: Smoke’s Poutinerie 🍁

Name: Smoke’s Poutinerie

Products: Poutine

Headquartered In: Ajax, ON

Where to buy: Various locations across North America


Canadian Owned: Yes

Smoke’s Poutinerie is a well-known poutine franchise throughout Canada, known for their (delicious!) poutine, with various different toppings and recipes, ranging from a simple combination of Smoke’s Signature Gravy, Québec Cheese Curds, and french fries, to anything as elaborate as Philly Cheesesteak Poutine or Bacon Cheeseburger Poutine. If you’ve got the urge to grab a bite of poutine, skip McDonald’s and find Smoke’s.

Confectionery: Newfoundland Chocolate Company 🍁

Name: Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Products: Belgian and French style chocolates

Manufactured in: St. John’s, Newfoundland

Where to Buy: List of retailers


Canadian Owned: Yes

Newfoundland Chocolate Company has grown from humble beginnings in 2008, started by two graduate students, to being available in a variety of retailers across the country. They source as many ingredients as possible locally, and make fresh truffles locally at their retail stores in Newfoundland.

Liquor: Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers 🍁

Name: Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers

Products: Spirits

Manufactured in: Beamsville, Ontario

Where to buy: Company website, LCBO, SAQ


Canadian owned: Yes

A craft distillery creating unique spirits from local ingredients. Spirits are made from either 100% Ontario grown rye or 100% Niagara grown grapes, they focus on local. They’re open for tours and produce a wide variety of award-winning spirits, such as vodka, rye whisky, absinthe (!), gin and much more.

Frozen Treats: Chapman’s Ice Cream 🍁

Name: Chapman’s Ice Cream

Products: Ice cream and frozen yogurt

Manufactured in: Markdale, Ontario

Where to buy: Grocery stores across Canada


Canadian owned: Yes

If you’ve ever driven to Sauble Beach from the Greater Toronto Area, you may have passed by the Chapman’s factory in Markdale. Since 1973, the Chapman family has been building a successful business and uses 100% Canadian dairy (what’s up Trump). Their production facility burned down in 2009 but dedicated owners and team rebuilt it, bigger and better, within a year and a half. And – have you ever noticed how some of their competitors call their product “frozen dessert”? That means it’s a vegetable oil-based product, not real ice cream – which Chapman’s proudly produces.