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4 Notable Canadian Companies to Check Out Now

I read a news headline the other day that made me shake my head. It was highlighting the fact that a Canadian television show was mentioned on a US television show. In 2019, this is still somehow a mark of achievement in our country (it made the news, after all) and that’s odd to me. Here in Canada we have so much to give, so much to be proud of, and I don’t think we need the recognition from the US entertainment industry as much as we once thought we did.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share some Canadian companies and websites that you may or may not be aware of – in the hopes that you now have an easy reference point for each of them, depending on what you’re looking for!

Based here in Regina, SK, Wine Sloth Clothing proclaims that “you work hard and deserve some time to get comfy, pour a glass- and just “Wine Sloth” around for a while.” I agree! You can find clothing like this Boyfriend Sweatshirt on the website and have it shipped to your door anywhere in Canada.

TDot Performance is actually a Dragon’s Den success story! Whether you’re a dad who has a sweet Mustang in the garage that you show off in the summer only, a retired professional with a gorgeous motorcycle that you’ve coveted owning for years (and it’s finally yours!) or a busy mom and family matriarch who drives a sweet SUV, chances are you’ve encountered the frustration of buying auto parts and accessories and discovered the ridiculous prices attached to them. Searching online, it’s painful to see how much less Americans pay for these same parts. Sure, we Canadians can shop online but after customs, duties and brokerage fees the price isn’t so sweet in the end. TDot Performance brings these products direct to your door right here in Canada – with low prices and without those fees – all while offering you free shipping.

Mabels Labels was created in 2003, when three moms discovered there was a gap in the Canadian market for personalized, waterproof name labels and tags for “kids stuff”. I’ve been using them for many years, and discovered that as my kids grow, they don’t outgrow the need for labels. In addition, many items in our household have a need for labels as well (I just stuck one on our garbage bin, after a neighbour complained about his disappearing!)

This company blew my mind, and most likely it’s because when I first heard about it, it was shortly after returning from a family vacation to Mexico where I lost money on the exchange rate both ways. I know I’m not alone in this. You take your Canadian funds to the bank and the rate is the rate. There’s no negotiation and that’s just the way it is. Could I have gotten a better rate had I waited a few days? Maybe, but who has time for that? Then, when I returned, the rate for the exchange back to Canadian funds was again “not so good” according to the sympathetic bank teller. Should I have kept my pesos and returned to the bank a few more times, watching the CAD forecast until I got a better rate? Again, I don’t have time for that. It is what it is. Or so I thought! NOW, you too will know this little secret that I can’t wait to use on my next family holiday: KnightsbridgeFX is an online company that saves you the hidden fees banks change to exchange your funds. You can get exchange rates up to 2% higher than the banks, without leaving your house. You simply sign up for an account (it takes 5 minutes), book your exchange rate, and then using online bill payment/bank transfers at your bank, you get the converted funds sent to your bank account either same day or next day, at a rate better than your bank. Mind blown? Me too.

As Canadians, we take pride in our own doing well. We love a good success story and celebrate it but in writing this I realized something. One Canadian attribute we have may actually be hurting us. We’re humble. We love to support each other but we don’t like to brag. Advertising, in a way, is bragging about your business and product but it’s a necessity for success. Maybe we’re too humble, and polite, to aggressively get out there and advertise as much as we should. Whatever the case, I’m glad you took the time to read this post today, and hopefully should you or someone you know have a need or want for one of these businesses this spring – you’ll now know exactly what business to visit online! Happy shopping!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, though all opinions are as always my own!

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  • I have watched Mabels Label grow. They are a great company to deal with and their product is outstanding.

  • I love to support Canadian companies…..thanks for the heads up on a some that I wasn’t aware of!!

  • Thank you I havent heard about any of these companies before I found this article very informative and I love supporting Canadian companies

  • Our daycare provides Mabels Labels for us, they’re awesome! They stay on great even with washing! 🙂

  • Sounds like great companies. Only one I was familiar with is Mabels Labels. Most Canadian companies have really good quality products.

  • Out of the 4 listed companies, I’ve only heard of Mabel’s Labels and really like the quality of their products. Thanks so much for highlighting Canadian companies.

  • I do like companies that help us Canadians avoid getting ripped off price-wise (esp. when compared to how little Americans pay for the same product/service).

  • I was only aware of Mabels Labels before I read this. All my grandchildren have these labels on their lunch kits and lunch containers, their shoes, etc. They are such a great deal because if the kids lose one piece of clothing and it is returned it is worth the price. Since we all know most kids do not just lose one item in a school year they are a must have. I found it interesting that the one company was a success story from Dragon’s Den. I love hearing about successful Canadian companies and now I know about the rest of these companies.

  • I sued to work in a bank so KnightsbridgeFX really blows me away. I’ll be checking them out for my next trip.

  • I’ve used Mabels Labels for years and they are the best. I’m thinking that eventually I will get around the purchasing from the other companies in the article. Whenever we can we do support Canadian companies always.

  • My husband has ordered from TDot Performance. Unfortunately there are still parts for his vehicle that must be ordered from a US site. It does get expensive; the parts are in American dollars, and there is duty to be paid too.

  • Thanks to you I was introduced to winesloth clothing and I ordered two boyfriend sweatshirts – one for me and one as a gift for my friend. LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!

  • Great companies! I have bought tags from Mabel’s before and they are a wonderful quality!

  • Love Mabels labels! I have seen some of the clothing from wine sloth — I love their sense of humour 🙂 The prairie dawg design is my favourite!

  • I love Mabel’s Labels! I’ve purchased from them time and time again. Everything gets labelled in this house – from clothing to lunch kits. Great prices and great quality.

  • I am so obsessed with ‘Wine Sloth’! They are an awesome company and the clothing is just so cute. I love that they are Canadian. It’s important to support local and Canadian companies.