Second-hand goods in Canada - statistics & facts

With rising concern for the environment, people have become more involved in reducing their ecological footprint through recycling. The used and second-hand goods industry, which involves the transfer of pre-owned items to a secondary consumer, has therefore increased in popularity in recent years. While social mission and second-hand shops remain important to the growth of the industry, Kijiji, an online classified advertising service, was the most common channel used to acquire and dispose of second-hand products in 2018.

In 2018, Canada was one of the largest global traders of worn clothing and other worn articles, ranking among the leading exporters of used clothing worldwide with a trade value of 152 million U.S. dollars. Kenya was the key destination for used clothing exported from Canada in 2019, with a trade value of approximately 16 million U.S. dollars exported to the country. Kenya imported about 17 billion U.S. dollars of goods that same year.

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.

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