Soft drinks were first commercialized in Canada as medicinal elixirs or tonic in the early 19th century when small carbonated bottling operations were established. The industry has since grown to producing an annual market volume of over 7 billion liters of soft drinks. The market volume for carbonated soft drinks alone amounts to more than 3 billion liters yearly. Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec are the 3 top regions—in that order—with the highest number of soft drink manufacturing establishments in Canada.
Due to recently prevalent dietary concerns regarding obesity and sugar intake, soft drink consumption per capita in Canada has been on a steep annual decline. The volume of soft drinks available for consumption per person in Canada dropped from 82.53 liters in 2010 to 62.75 liters in 2016. Each year, retail sales of carbonated soft drinks in Canada have experienced a drop in numbers since 2013. The volume of soft drinks imported into Canada in 2016 amounted to about 362 thousand kiloliters and for that same year, the volume exported from Canada stood at around 116 thousand kiloliters.