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


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


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.

Confections: Nestlé 📈

Name: Nestlé

Products: Coffee Crisp, KitKat, Smarties

Manufactured In: Toronto, ON


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


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


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.

Restaurants: Cara Operations / Recipe Unlimited Corporation 📈

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

Products: Restaurants

Headquartered In: Vaughan, ON


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


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.