Number of convenience stores in Canada by region 2019

As of December 2019, there were 7,752 convenience stores located in Canada. Almost 3,000 of these were located in Canada’s most populous province of Ontario, whilst just two were in Yukon Territory. 4,070 of these stores had between one and four employees, whilst one employed over 200 people.

What are convenience stores?

Convenience stores are small retail establishments which sell a limited selection of food, beverage and other everyday products. Due to their small size, prices are often noticeably higher than their large grocery store counterparts. A convenience store may be a standalone establishment or part of a gas station.

Leading convenience store chains in Canada

According to sales figures, Couche-Tard Inc. was the leading convenience store chain in Canada in financial year 2018/19, with sales amounting to around 37.9 billion Canadian dollars. Parkland Fuel Corporation and Shell Corporation Ltd. ranked in distant second and third places, with sales reaching around 6.27 and 3 billion Canadian dollars respectively. There were 11,150 Couche-Tard locations in North America in 2019.

Number of convenience stores in Canada as of December 2019, by region

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

December 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures refer to active businesses with employees.

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