Despite the vast size of Canada, with its population scattered far and wide, grocery shopping online in Canada seems to be off to a great start in the larger urban centers, and can only grow. (More Canadians per capita use the internet than in any other country).
Another site where you can do grocery shopping online in Canada is at e-zgrocer.com. They deliver to your door the following day. Fairly simple, easy to use site. This chain has stores in more than one province. Enter your postal code at the top to see if they have stores or deliver in your area.
My first search online led to greengateway.com, but it has had a name-change. Whereas on my first round of research but I couldn't find a clue anywhere on the site as to what country or city they serve, I now found an "about us" link at the top. where it says it is owned by Longo Brothers Fruit Market located at Vaughn, Ontario. So yes, you can go grocery shopping online in Canada here - if you live in the greater Toronto area.
I got the impression this is a nice family business, The new site is better than I remember it, and the Customer Service link answers your basic questions.
(GreenGateway.com now appears to be a domain up for sale in the USA. Also, received a negative review from a site visitor).
This site provides groceries in the Ottawa metro area, and offers to air-ship orders out to Nunavet up north. It does not look like the conventional shopping site, and doesn't provide photos of their products, but it IS up front about its location, and it has a place to enter your postal code to find out whether you are even in their grocery shopping delivery area.
I think, if I were in the Ottawa area, I would like to go see what kind of store it is and what their products are really like. They may know what they are doing, it might be a good store to use for grocery shopping online in Canada, but I'd like to make sure if I were in Ottawa. (If you are in the Ottawa area, and have tried grocery shopping online in Canada, please do accept my invitation at the bottom of this page to share your experiences).
In British Columbia there is a chain of grocery stores called Nester's Market. It has a colourful website for it's stores, but only the one located in Whistler is online and offers to make deliveries to your door. The other stores; Banff, Fraser Heights, Kelowna, SFU in Burnaby, Squamish, Summerland, and in Vancouver - Main St., Woodwards, and Yaletown, all show graphics of their flyers and provide a map to find their physical store location so you can shop in person. (Do you go skiing at Whistler? Keep this one in mind).
[If you have shopped via NestersMarket's sites, would you report how you feel about it, down below in the comment area?]
Safeway is both an American and a Canadian chain of grocery stores. When I first checked, they delivered in most USA locations, but you will need to confirm you are in the right urban center to do your grocery shopping online in Canada - via Safeway. You no longer have to seek out a separate Canadian site. As soon as you click "find a store" it perceives your city and in my case, showed 7 stores in my city, Saskatoon. The Delivery option is offered as a matter of course.
This Help/FAQ page answers pretty well any question you might have. Minimum order for delivery is $49, and the delivery charge for up to $150 worth of groceries is under $10. These things indicate that grocery shopping online in Canada has become quite streamlined and seamless. Easy!
They have a brand new website. There's even an app so you can shop from your cellphone. Quality Foods now delivers to 12 specific local areas, on Vancouver Island, (BC) and allows customers to pick up their order at certain stores. Customers from afar may order online for deliver to local addresses if the recipients-to-be are in the right postal code zones. Their site gives $9.95 +HST as the delivery fee, but again only to certain postal code areas.
I tell you, their site looks impressive, and I'd love to hear from those who have done their grocery shopping online in Canada - at Quality Foods.
TeleGrocer serves the area from Ottawa, through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA, which includes Etobicoke, Mississauga, North York, Scarborough, Toronto and points in between, much of southern Ontario). This online grocery store has a smaller graphical interface, but seems to be quite up-to-date and efficient.
Their site explains that your online orders are forwarded to a fulfillment supermarket near you and there someone from a team of Personal Shoppers shops for your list and packs it for delivery to your door. That's when you pay the delivery person by cash or a debit card or a cheque (the latter only if you have arranged your credit approval).
If you expect same day delivery you need to place your order online before 7 a.m., and if you want delivery before noon, you must have done your online grocery shopping at TeleGrocer.com the night before.
TeleGrocer recognizes that people are different, and have different needs, so they have three different membership options.
Basic Internet Membership - allows you to place orders online and pay on delivery, with no membership fees.
Full internet Membership - allows you to place orders online, but you get a lower delivery charge, and you may pay by cash or cheque. This is their most popular choice.
Telephone Membership - (for those without computer/internet access) allows you to place orders by phone and pay by cash and/or cheque.
The shopping fees range from $9.95 (Full Internet) to $11.95 (Basic Internet). All memberships include a 5% surcharge on the retail cost of the grocery.
Since TeleGrocer partners with very large supermarket chains that buy directly from manufacturers or smaller independents who are part of a buying group and as such has competitive prices. This means that they have lower retailer prices than e-grocers operating from their own warehouses. This can result in retail prices that are 15% to 30% lower than the prices their competitors are charging for the same items. - When you know such facts you can calculate if these services are worth your money, or would you rather spend the time to do your shopping yourself?
Natural Food Pantry has just been brought to my attention. It has several locations in the Ottawa, Ontario, area, Billings Gate and Westboro in Ottawa proper, and at Kanata, a short drive south of Ottawa. They sell only natural and healthy products. They run wellness clinics, and a gluten-free bakery. Their site offers healthy recipes that really appeal to me, and they have pantry rewards (points) for members. It is free to join, and the more you spend the more points you get, which you can use as discounts on purchases.
The Natural Food Pantry fills orders in Canada and the continental USA by mail. International orders are accepted, but shipped by air mail, which has higher costs as they point out. This site is a good one to bookmark for health-conscious grocery shopping online in Canada!
I spotted a complimentary reference to LoveGan on Facebook and decided to check it out. Again, something special for the Toronto area - a source for natural, organic produce, and more!
Zephyr Organics, a local farm has been delivering summer produce since 1998, about once or twice a week. Because of popular demand they added dairy and meat products, until now when they have gone online, they offer 2000 items. Everything except a few of the meat items are certified organic.
Orders may be phoned or emailed in, or using a shopping cart on the website, and must be in by 10 am on Mondays for same week service, but you only pay on delivery.
Their minimum order for free delivery is $60, or $70 if all dairy. Any smaller orders will have $7 delivery charge. But that sounds quite fair, doesn't it?
There are some online stores that are set up for international sales. A few will ship into Canada. Or, they are in Canada and are willing to ship outside the country. There may be more, or more will appear in the next few years. Do send a note to tip me off, if you know of a grocery shopping online in Canada site. (Or use the Facebook Comment space below).
Based in the Greater Toronto area, MrCase.com ships anywhere, and carries ovr 10,000 grocery products, sold by the case, and offers home and office delivery. The delivery fee is $3 for orders of $75 or more, and it is $6 for orders less than $75. They promise next day delivery for orders received before 11:30 a.m. (Incidentally, there is no HST charged on case purchases - nice to know!)
Spud.ca appears to be a real leader and inovator in grocery shopping online in Canada - and in some larger metro areas in the USA on the west coast. They started out in the lower mainland of British Columbia, and now reach to these other delivery areas.
Spud will source your produce and groceries as local as possible to you, to support organic family farms and producers. Shopping with Spud.ca saves you time, gas, frustration, and also lowers your carbon footprint.
Delivery Areas for Canadian Locations include; Vancouver, Victoria, Vancouver Island, and Calgary.
They use local sources in these USA locations to provide the same kind of grocery delivery; Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles.
ExPat was mentioned elsewhere, but I discovered that they don't really deliver groceries; just other hard goods. Their rates look rather expensive to me, but that's just my first impression.
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