In 2017, Canada was one of the largest global traders of worn clothing and other worn articles, ranking eighth among the leading exporters of used clothing worldwide. Kenya was the key destination for used clothing exported from Canada that year, with a trade value of approximately 16 million U.S. dollars exported to the country.
Non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill, Saint Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army are among the largest retailers of second-hand goods in Canada. These organizations raise funds by collecting and reselling donated items such as small electronics, homewares and fashion goods. Clothing, shoes, and accessories were the most exchanged second-hand items in Canada. The main reasons Canadian consumers donate second-hand products are that the items are no longer used or of value, and because donations of second-hand products help society. Residents in Ontario averaged the most second-hand products acquired through purchases, followed by residents in Alberta.