While it’s great to support these great Canadian Retailers just keep in mind that many of the products they sell are made from outside of Canada. So while supporting these retailers does support jobs in Canada I would recommend them as a last resort when no similar products are available that are made in Canada and you cannot find a local store which carries them either.
Canadian Tire – Canadian Retailer
Canadian Tire is an iconic Canadian Retailer. It is a publicly traded company (listed on TSX) and is a department store primarily known for its automotive, tools, and outdoors sections. It was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Toronto Ontario.
Federated Co-operatives Limited
– Canadian Retailer
Headquartered in Saskatoon they sell gasoline, fuels, food, and agriculture products throughough BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
Home Hardware – Canadian Building Supplies Retailer
They are 100% Canadian owned and are headquartered in Jacobs Ontario. They own several sub-stores including: Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre, and Home Furnture. They hold a wide range of products throughout.
Indigo Books – Canadian Books Retailer
In 1940, 2 brothers opened the first Coles (Book) Store in Toronto. Coles expanded across Canada, including the largest book store ever in Toronto. Also known as Chapters, Coles, and Calendar Club of Canada. They are a publicly traded company but their CEO is Heather Reisman who is Montreal born. Plenty of retailers all across Canada or available online.
Princess Auto – Canadian Tools Retailer
“Princess Auto is a family-owned, Canadian company employing over 3000 Team Members, with our Home Office in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We serve our customers through 48 stores coast-to-coast, a National Call Centre, and our online store.”
Princess Auto specializes in tools and equipment for repairmen, and do-it-yourself mechanics. Keep in mind like most Canadian Retailers they sell products from outside of Canada as well. Use their store locator to find the location nearest to you.
Source for Sports – Canadian Sporting Goods Retailer
During the 1960s, a group of sporting goods stores in Ontario decided to buy together, allowing them to create better value for their customers. This eventually grew into Source for Sports who now have over 150 retail locations across the country. Each Source for Sports is independently owned (even better) and tailor their product lines to local needs. Shout out to Kirby’s Source for Sports.