O Canada! The beautiful country is well-known for its majestic scenery, dogmatic hockey obsession, and the sweet kiss of Maple Syrup. At Indie Business Network, we also know Canada for something else: their talented crop of handmade and artisan businesses!
We are proud to offer product liability insurance for maker businesses all across North America—and even prouder to see more and more Canadian members join our ranks. Check out these 9 artisan businesses absolutely killing it in the home of the Maple Leaf!
Canadian Made: Check Out These 9 Canada-based Maker Businesses
Asili Living Co (Richmond Hill, Ontario)
Maker: Telecia Knight
Founder Telecia knows that icky ingredients have no place on the bathroom shelf. So, she honed her mission around a line of luxe yet affordable beauty products that focus on women's wellness. Each body butter, face oil, salt soak, and more are packed with toxin-free ingredients that also leave you free of worries.
East Coast Glow (Bona Vista, Newfoundland and Labrador)
Maker: Karen & Roger Dewling
Offer your skin a drink of the purest water on the planet! East Coast Glow is situated right at the base of North Atlantic icebergs—and this wife-husband team takes full advantage of the nourishing freshwater, salts, and verdant botanicals to craft iceberg-infused cosmetics you'll adore.
Eden's Treasure (Toronto, Ontario)
Maker: Winnie Lee
Before the pandemic, Winnie was always caught up in the hustle and bustle of multiple jobs. Suddenly, she found herself with tons of downtime—and decided to chase her dreams of starting her own business! With a creative mind for meaningful designs and eco-conscious ingredients, Winnie whips up candles and soaps with artistic flair.
West End Wicks (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Maker: Emily Manning
Welcome the sweet aromas of Vancouver into your home! A local bird inspires each candle from West End Wicks. Fill your home with the ocean shore tranquility of Heron, or get warm and cozy with Chickadee. Your space won't just smell great—you'll also do some good. Emily donates $1 from each candle sold to the Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia.
Julianna Candle Co. (Waterloo, Ontario)
Maker: Julianna Arcese
Fresh, airy scents. Clean, eco-friendly ingredients. Julianna Candle Co. is ready to help you shape your space into a self-care sanctuary. Each candle has a mindfulness mission: to inspire you to live in the present moment or envelop your home with a sense of balance and grounding. Cozy up to soft and light scents like Eucalyptus Mint, Backyard Garden Party, or The Waterfront!
PURE + WILD CO. (British Columbia)
Plunge your senses into the majestic wilderness of Canada's West Coast! Every candle from PURE + WILD CO. is inspired by a special place like a magical national park or resplendent Canadian region. You'll get an authentic taste of the local forestry: they're all infused with wild-harvested essential oils that this team self distills on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
Lumino Candles (Brampton, Ontario)
Maker: Rajiv Anbazhagan
Wanna get away? Rajiv brings exotic locales right to your doorstep. Inspired by a life of exciting travels, he infuses every item in his line with the beauty of a memorable destination. His unique wax lanterns glow with a romantic light, transforming your entire space into an unforgettable landmark.
RENWICKS (Toronto, Ontario)
Maker: Eleren Sidon
Eleren loves how a scent can completely transform an atmosphere. Wary of the unpleasant ingredients found in mass-market candles, she ventured out on her own journey to create a line of sustainable candles that ensconce you in lively yet simple scents that turn your home into a relaxing space.
Kohu Creek (Airdrie, Alberta)
Maker: Danielle McNair
After an extraordinary 6-month bike tour in New Zealand, Danielle could just not stop thinking about their spectacular journey. To keep the life-changing experience top of mind, she started a candle company that transformed her travel memories into beautiful Canada and Kiwi-inspired scents.
Questions for discussion and sharing
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