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). See this new page for more on; grocery delivery in Canada.
www.MrCase.com - Updated 4/4/2017- MrCase.com ships in the Greater Toronto area, and has recently added Burlington and Hamilton too. Their new central warehouse carries over 10,000+ grocery products and also office supplies - sold by the case. Mr. Case delivers to homes and offices (think your workplace lunch room, as well as productivity tools). Though the fees have gone up a bit, they are still quite reasonable. The delivery fee is $5 for orders of $75 or more, and $8 for orders less than $75. They promise next day delivery for orders received before 11:30 a.m. Great! Think, if you can afford whole cases of everything you order, you won't have to order as often. You'd be smart to keep this link handy for special events or parties. In fact, they have an excellent Q&A page with answers to every question you can come up with.
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.
Update: 7/10/15 - seems to have a good system going for those in the Greater Toronto area, including Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Cambridge, and Kitchener-Waterloo. One columnist wrote in the Star, that she liked it, but preferred to choose her own fresh produce, so ordered staples and non-perishables from Grocery Gateway, but went to Farmer's Market for the fresh foods.
This site provides groceries in the Toronto metro area. It offers two basic types of online shopping;
PC Express online grocery is the service that allows customers the ability to shop products available at your favourite grocery store without having to go into the store.
Ship-to-home, on the other hand, allows customers to shop for products that are not sold in their stores. These products are available online only and provided by third-party sellers and some of their brands. The seller then ships these products directly to your door.
The smartest thing is to go their FAQ page where they answer just about ANY question you can think to ask. Because Superstore and Loblaws are one company with different names in different parts of Canada, some of the services offered in one area will not be available in another. So do enter your location to get the right information for YOUR area.
In British Columbia there is a chain of grocery stores called Nester's Market. It has a colourful website for it's stores, in 16 BC locations. If you click the icon to the right of each store name/location you will be able to see their flyers online. Each store has a page showing their contact info, hours, and a small map to help you find them. (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. Safeway is owned by Albertsons in the USA. 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 the FAQ page has 3 sets of FAQ answers. That is probably the best place to get the current answers. Minimum order for delivery is $30, for instance. But since many answers can change over time, I'll let you go see for yourself. The Store Finder was not able to pick up that I am in Canada; it took me to a Safeway in California.
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.
Update: 7/10/15 - this site is well-done! If they do all they say, should we make it a standard for how grocery delivery should be done?
TeleGrocer seems to have moved, (or sold the domain name) instead of serving the area from Ottawa, through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), it now serves an area in Illinois and it is geared especially to serve seniors and disabled individuals who do not have computers or mobile devices and cannot place their orders online. The President of this business, Bill Socki, mentions on their About page that he himself is disabled so he understands this demographic. He points out too, that what he does is place his customers' orders online, but the delivery companies will charge their own fees. Customers should be aware of that.
Natural Food Pantry has been operating since 1981. It has six locations in the Ottawa, Ontario, area, Billings Bridge Gate, Westboro in Ottawa proper, Kanata, a short drive south of Ottawa, Barrhaven, and Britannia. 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. They also offer a full service of online shopping.
The contact info for Farms and Forks is 416-514-1441 organicfooddelivery.com
This business was started in 2007 by energetic couples and their families who believe that being healthy can be made easy. Their easy to explore website shows that they have a high standard for excellence, and that their customers love them for it.The have spent the last 12-13 years developing personal relationships with close to 60 local farmers and their families. These partnerships are built on respect and trust. They wanted to put more food dollars into local farms so they can continue to grow the most nutritious and delicious produce while preserving farmland and biodiversity around Toronto.
It is easy to sign up, and easy to explore the foods they offer and to place your order. You have until Sunday night at midnight to come back and add or change your order. Then the following week the orders are delivered to different regions on different days of the week. A map is provided, and your postal code is used to determine the day of your delivery. That will come between 4-8 pm.
Delivery is a flat $6.99, unless you have ordered a produce box, or your order is over $75 - in that case, delivery is free. The delivery area is over the Greater Toronto area (GTA), which includes Toronto, Hamilton, Barrie and Oshawa, plus as far west at Kitchener.
These young families reach out to accept both families and individuals as customers, but that's not all. If you have a special diet, or foods you cannot have, they will keep that in mind too, when preparing your groceries for delivery. They deliver to offices, and schools, daycares, caterers, and food services of any kind.
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.
Updated 1/24/2021- MrCase.com ships in the Greater Toronto area, and has recently added Burlington and Hamilton too. Their new central warehouse carries over 10,000+ grocery products and also office supplies - sold by the case. Mr. Case delivers to homes and offices (think your workplace lunch room, as well as productivity tools). Though the fees have gone up a bit, they are still quite reasonable. The delivery fee is $10 for orders of $75 or more, and $20 for orders less than $75. For Hamilton, and Burlington orders, there is a delivery fee of $15.00 for orders of $100.00 or more. A $25.00 delivery fee will be applied to orders under $100.00.
They promise next day delivery for orders received before 11:30 a.m. Great! Think, if you can afford whole cases of everything you order, you won't have to order as often. You'd be smart to keep this link handy for special events or parties. In fact, they have an excellent Q&A page with answers to every question you can come up with.
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, Calgary, Edmonton and Kelowna.
They use local sources in these USA locations to provide the same kind of grocery delivery; Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles.
Update: 1/25/21 - the site looks alive and florishing too.
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