Guess which province has the most building centres?

Adding up all the hardware stores and building centres in each province and territory typically reflects the size and population of the respective region. For example, Ontario has over 360 hardware stores, while Prince Edward Island, our smallest province, has fewer than 10.

But when it comes to building centres, one province is definitely punching above its weight. Quebec has more than 730 LBM outlets, exceeding even Ontario, which has two dozen fewer building centres.

(The breakdown of store counts by retail format, plus the size of the overall retail home improvement market year over year and sales and forecasts for the Top Four retailers by sales (RONA, Home Depot Canada, Home Hardware, and Canadian Tire), are just some of the data you’ll find in the Hardlines Retail Report. The 2024 edition, featuring data from year-end 2023, will be available at the end of July. But the 2023 edition, with 2022 numbers, is on special now at a reduced price, in case you need to do that strat planning in a hurry! Or if you need more info, contact our amazing Marketing Manager, Michelle Porter!)