The United States is the clear leader when it comes to the size of furniture markets worldwide. After a number of Asian, European and South American countries, Canada comes ninth in the ranking, with a revenue of over 29 billion U.S dollars recorded in 2018. The gross domestic product of furniture and related product manufacturing reached over 5.3 billion Canadian dollars in January of 2020. Furniture manufacturing is a big part of Canada’s economy, with many jobs created along the chain of production. Ontario had 1,533 furniture manufacturing establishments in 2019, the highest number in Canada, followed by Quebec with 1,315 stores.
Leon’s Furniture opened their first store in 1909 in the Canadian province of Ontario. Today, Leon's is a major retailer in the furniture market in whole of Canada and operates 130 stores in Ontario. The revenue of Leon’s Furniture has steadily grown in recent years, reaching around 2.28 billion Canadian dollars in 2019. The same can be said of furniture and home furnishing stores in Canada as a whole, with retail sales rising year on year to around 19 billion Canadian dollars in 2019.
As retail sales of furniture have grown in Canada, the monthly export value of furniture and fixtures has fluctuated. In January 2020, Canada exported around 592 million Canadian dollars worth of furniture, a decrease of around 12 million from January of the previous year.