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ABOUT US – Made In Canada Products
Welcome! Our website is dedicated to helping you (Canadians) find made in Canada products and services. My wife and I felt it was important to support Canadian business, and Canadian families given the recent trade action brought against Canada. We were each born and raised on opposite ends of Canada and are using those years of experience to identify those brands which we feel truly represent Canadian values.
To make our made in Canada products list, it is simply not enough to be Canadian owned, or formerly Canadian owned, we believe products must be made in Canada. Other lists on the internet have failed to thoroughly research the companies they feature. We’ve found that the only remaining Canadian thing about these featured companies are the management team. Unfortunately, as great Canadian companies grow, many sell ownership who then move production to China. The companies we feature on our made in Canada list will not fall into these categories.
As an active duty member of the Canadian Armed Forces I’ve sworn an oath to defend this country. Some battles do not take place on a typical battlefield. This battle is an economic one and this is our contribution to it. Your spending decisions will affect the end result one way or another.
We have made in Canada product categories covering everything Canadian made: clothing, footwear, handbags and luggage, jackets, jewelry, baking, breakfast food, chocolatiers, coffee and tea, condiments, frozen treats, restaurant chains, snacks, furniture (including outdoor/patio), cosmetics, personal care, pharmacies, supplements, home improvement, canoes and kayaks, hunting, fishing, camping, pet food, pet health & beauty, pet stores, pet toys & accessories, pet treats, retailers, baseball equipment, hockey equipment, bikes, fitness equipment, tools, and toys & games.
Try to support local whenever you can, otherwise please use our list to help guide your decisions.
What Does “Made in Canada” Mean?
The Competition Bureau of Canada has clear guidelines as to what defines a “Product of Canada” and what defines a product “Made in Canada”. The Made in Canada designation is the harder of the two to achieve, though is largely a self-appointed designation.
3.2.2 “Made in Canada” claims
The Bureau will generally not challenge a representation that a good is “Made in Canada” under the false or misleading representations provisions of the Acts if these three conditions are met:
the last substantial transformation of the good occurred in Canada;
at least 51% of the total direct costs of producing or manufacturing the good have been incurred in Canada; and
the “Made in Canada” representation is accompanied by an appropriate qualifying statement, such as “Made in Canada with imported parts” or “Made in Canada with domestic and imported parts”. This could also include more specific information such as “Made in Canada with 60% Canadian content and 40% imported content”.
Source: Competition Bureau of Canada
What is the difference between made in Canada and Product of Canada?
As per the Competition Bureau of Canada: “Product of Canada claims will be subject to a higher threshold of Canadian content (98%), while Made in Canada claims will remain subject to a 51% threshold of Canadian content. Made in Canada claims should be accompanied by a qualifying statement indicating that the product contains imported content.”
What are the Reasons to Buy Made in Canada?
1. Support Canadian Economy
2. Support Canadian Workers and Families
Reasons one and two are so inter-related I could not go into either without touching on the other. At the same time they’re both so important to the made in Canada movement that they each deserved to be mentioned in their own right in the list.
Your purchasing decisions matter, the economic spin-offs trickle down throughout the entire Canadian economy. Your purchase of a good made in Canada directly increases jobs within Canada. Managers, designers, to the labourers are all employed based on your purchasing designs in Canada. These jobs help bring in tax dollars to the economy for public services but in addition to that these high-paying jobs provide Canadians with disposable income to also spend throughout the economy as well. This further enhances employment, boosts the economy, and helps Canadian families.
While there is a certain level of automation throughout many industries the vast majority of products made in Canada are hand-made. A company having direct oversight of their own manufacturing process can ensure their products are of a high-standard. Outsourcing production overseas typically does not have enough oversight to maintain quality, especially by the founding managers who have the most passion for their products.
4. Health Conscious
Canadian business are health conscious. Typically they look for alternative ways in the manufacturing process where they can do things in a more natural way. Many of the leather products made in Canada use natural ingredients for tanning and treating, many of the cleaners are natural, cosmetics are often made without harmful chemicals, these are just some of many examples of ways Canadian companies do things differently to help keep us healthy.
5. Environmentally Conscious
This is something that wasn’t immediately apparent but after researching the topic of Canadian Made for as long as I have you become aware that the majority of Canadian companies are very environmentally conscious. They’ve come up with some pretty innovative concepts when it comes to packaging, transporting goods, manufacturing, and just day-to-day operations.
This benefit to the environment is also compounded by the fact that the products you purchase do not need to travel around the globe to make it to you.
6. Giving Back to the Local Communities
Businesses donating is not something new but something to be aware of is that businesses are more likely to donate within their local communities or at least within their country. By buying products made in Canada you indirectly support these local charities within your own community.
7. Ethical Business Practices
Canadian labour laws and business laws are very strict and keep everyone on a fair playing field. Laws and labour practices in the developing world are not to the same standard and put these people at risk. By buying goods made in Canada you can put your mind at ease knowing that your product was made by a Canadian who was treated fairly, safely, and compensated fairly for their work.
Canadian Patriotism is not something we Canadian’s are known for. I would describe it more as an almost silent patriotism. We love our country, we just don’t always go around flaunting it. Buying made in Canada certainly invokes that feeling of patriotism, knowing that your product choices are making a difference. People may think on an individual level it doesn’t amount to much, but I would argue it makes a massive difference. I’d liken it to saving: while saving a dollar may not amount to much, saving a dollar everyday over decades, invested, provides a decent return. Buying Canadian made products over and over throughout your entire life provides a massive boost to Canada and WE do make a difference.