Number of grocery stores in Canada by region 2018

As of December 2018, Ontario had the most grocery stores among all provinces in Canada - there were 5,477 grocery stores located in Canada’s most populous province. Quebec and British Columbia ranked in second and third places, with a total of 4,237 and 1,670 stores respectively. Yukon had just 18 grocery stores at that time.

Leading supermarket and grocery chains

Based on the number of units, Loblaws Companies Ltd. was the leading supermarket and grocery chain in Canada in 2018. At that time, Loblaws was operating 2,429 units nationally. Sobeys Inc. and Metro Inc. ranked in second and third places, with a total of 1,895 and 918 units respectively. Loblaws was also the leading Canadian food retailer in terms of sales - in FY 2018/19 their grocery sales value amounted to approximately 45.63 billion Canadian dollars.

Food shopping considerations

According to a recent survey, quality is the most important factor that Canadian consumers consider when purchasing food products. Finding the lowest price possible and the freshness of products were also two high-ranking factors.

Number of grocery stores in Canada as of December 2018, by region

Number of stores
Ontario 5,477
Quebec 4,237
British Columbia 1,670
Alberta 1,648
Manitoba 561
Newfoundland and Labrador 546
Saskatchewan 518
Nova Scotia 457
New Brunswick 317
Prince Edward Island 79
Northwest Territories 52
Nunavut 43
Yukon 18
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

Canada

Survey time period

December 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures refer to active businesses with employees.

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