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  • Writer's pictureTerri Windover

Made in Canada?


In face of this trade war that shows no sign of slowing down I have started compiling a list of products made in Canada. Please understand that not every company on this list is 100% all Canadian ingredients ALL the time, BUT they are better than the alternatives out there in general.  

Food labels explained: 

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, a “Product of Canada” label means that all, or nearly all, of the food, processing and labour used to make the food is Canadian. These foods were:

1. grown or raised by Canadian farmers 2. prepared and packaged by Canadian food companies. Note that a food can still be labeled “Product of Canada” if it contains small amounts of imported food, such as spices, food additives, vitamins, and flavourings. Made in Canada from domestic and imported ingredients on a food label mean that: 

1. a Canadian company was involved in some of the preparation of the food and, 2. it contains some food grown by Canadian farmers, and some food that’s been imported. Made in Canada from imported ingredients on a food label means that: 

1. a Canadian company was involved in some of the preparation of the food; and 2. the contents of the food were imported.

 A Maple Leaf on the Label often is a decoration more than an origin stamp. Check the “Made in” status. Local: This recognizes “local” as food produced in the province or territory in which it is sold, or  food sold across provincial borders within 50 km of the originating province or territory  

Let’s go shopping!


Westholme Canadian Tea – Vancouver Island


Cherry juice from Dwarf Sour


Concentrated cherry juice from Cherry Lane in Niagara


Apple cider and Cranberry Juices  –by Terra Beata


Sake – Osake Fraser Valley Junmai – Renaissance


VQA Wines / Wines of Nova Scotia


Edamame Beans - MacKellar Farms/Ontario


Hemp hearts and hemp oil – Manitoba Harvest & Mettrum Originals in Ontario


Flax – milled or whole & flax oil — 99% of the flax sold in Canada is from our farms


Wild rice & wild rice flour – primarily from Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario


Quinoa both golden and black – Ontario (Katan Kitchens / Quinta Quinoa) Saskatchewan (Canadian Quinoa) and B.C (Fieldstone Organics)


Pingue’s prosciutto – Niagara


Canadian Pork – check the labeling as there’s a good deal of cheap American pork on our market.


Maple Leaf Canadian Craft™ -pretty much all their products!


Poultry & Eggs– Because chicken and turkey are ‘supply managed’ the chances are that most of it is Canadian. It must be labeled


Foie Gras – Quebec-produced – Rougie / Canard Goulu / Le Canardises


Kokanee salmon –B.C.


Hardy Boys candied salmon nuggets – from northern Vancouver Island


St Jean’s canned wild Pacific salmon from Nanaimo, B.C.


Newfoundland fresh cod


ANYTHING recommended by Oceanwise!


Oysters – Fanny Bay, Raspberry Point, Colville Bay, Bras d’Or, Kushi, Qualicum…and many others


Ice Cream – Look for the Dairy Farmers Quality Milk symbol


Carnation Milk


Eagle Brand Condensed Milk


Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar Cheese from PEI


Goudas…Old Growler, an aged Gouda from Nova Scotia, Sylvan Star Gouda from Alberta and Glasgow Glen from P.E.I.


Gunn’s Hill cheeses


Farmhouse Natural Cheeses in the Fraser Valley of B.C


Apple Cider Vinegar – Reinhart’s unfiltered & unpasteurized


Filsinger’s Organic Cider Vinegar – Ayton, Ontario


Venturi-Schulze Balsamic, Vancouver Island make the only authentic balsamic in Canada


Spinnakers malt vinegar – Victoria, B.C.


Honey – 100% Canadian – watch the labeling some, particularly no name varieties are from off shore


Big Leaf maple syrup from B.C.


Granulated Sugar – Rogers/Lantic in Alberta


Canadian-made dry pastas – Catelli, Primo, Italipasta


Oak Manor Farms: Rye, Flours, Barley, Spelt, Corn, Cornmeal, Millet, Flax


Robin Hood and Five Roses Flours


Fleishmann’s Yeast – been made in Montreal for decades


Oats….Quaker( large flake / quick / steel cut ) Rogers and Oak Manor Farms


Salt- Windsor and Sifto


Canned tomatoes – Aylmer & Unico brands


Ketchup - Primo


Potato Chips - Lay’s, Old Dutch, Old Yorke


Our Fabulous Craft Beers:


Ontario Craft Brewers has over 70 members and growing!


British Columbia Craft Brewers Guild is an association of nearly 90 independent members who are 100% B.C. owned!


Quebec has had a dynamic brewing industry for decades.


Nova Scotia’s brewers have banded together to form the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia

i hope this helps you choose Canadian as we present a united front in this “war”.


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