Where can I do my shopping?

There are different types of stores in Ontario:

  • Large department stores carry a variety of items, such as clothing, furniture, electronics, and cosmetics.
  • Supermarkets sell mostly food and some cleaning supplies and other necessities.
  • Specialty stores sell particular products or types of products, such as hardware or shoes.
  • Small convenience stores (or corner stores) carry basic necessities, such as milk or bread.

Stores may be part of a chain or franchise. While others are independently owned.

Check each store for its hours of service and policies around returning or exchanging items.

For More Information

  • Competition Bureau Consumer Information Page - This government website has information to help consumers to make informed decisions and protect themselves from scams. There is also an online complaint form.
  • Consumer Reports - A database of consumer reports for a variety of products. Search by keyword.
  • Farmer's Markets in Ontario - The directory lists farmers' markets across Ontario.
  • Monthly Budget Tracker [PDF] - This booklet makes it easy to track (record) your fixed and variable spending. Knowing how you spend your money is the first step in creating a realistic budget.
Last updated: April 2, 2020 4000269