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We are still open and serving our customers across Canada and the US amid Covid-19!
We remain committed to providing our usual top-quality stretchers and art supports and are taking many extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff and clientele. We have instituted a strict social distancing and hygiene policy, staff are working from home wherever possible, and we have closed the shop to the public. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-561-4944 or email us.

 We are also offering a 20% sale on ALL PRODUCTS until April 3rd - please use code "CREATE" on the checkout page or phone/email us with your order. 


As both a manufacturer and an art supply store, we supply you with top quality stretcher frames, fine cotton and linen canvas, and the best of all other materials needed to support your artwork. When working with Upper Canada Stretchers, you will feel that satisfaction in every encounter with our stretcher bars for artists’ canvases and extended line of products.

Since 2001, Upper Canada Stretchers has become well known for making professional-quality stretcher frames that remain straight and true even in very large sizes and for doing so with quick turnaround times, allowing you to get started at what you do best! We produce 8 unique, fully keyable profiles that have been developed to meet a wide range of needs.  Click to see more information about each stretcher bar profile and to help you choose which one is best for your work. Here is some additional information to lead you through some of the considerations for choosing the right stretchers for your project, or you are always welcome to contact us for advice.

Upper Canada Stretchers also custom designs and fabricates keyable stretchers, non-keyable strainer frames, and even floating frames in limitless shapes and sizes using state-of-the-art CNC technology. This allows us to meet the unique design requirements of our many professional artists in Canada, the United States, and around the world. Give us a call at 1-800-561-4944 or fill out our quote form to start the conversation about what we can do to assist with your project!

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STOCK & CUSTOM-SIZED STRETCHER BARS & BRACES

Available online in five different profiles and in lengths from 6″ to 84″. Order stock sizes to save up to 40% off custom sizing. Instant quotes on custom-sized frames! Volume discounts available.

Order Bars, Braces & Frames

Floating Frames for Paintings

FLOATING FRAMES FOR CANVASES

Affordable, easy to assemble, and available in six different finishes, floater frames give your paintings or canvas prints that clean, finished look that you desire.

See Framing Options

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COTTON & LINEN CANVAS

Professional quality Cotton Duck Canvas and Belgian Linen in widths ranging from 60″ to 144″. Primed & unprimed. Sold by the yard or up to 55-yard rolls.

Buy Canvas Online

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HOW TO STRETCH YOUR OWN PRINTS ON CANVAS

You bought a beautiful painting on vacation or had a canvas print made of your favourite photograph. Now what do you do with it? Let us walk you through it!

Show Me How

Impress Frames

NEW!!! IMPRESS SELF-STRETCHING ROUND FRAMES

Stretcher & floating frame in one - these are the fastest & easiest frames you have ever worked with! Choose the Framed Stretcher for prints on canvas or existing paintings or Pre-Stretched Canvases for artists & hobbyists.

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The latest from our Blog

'The World is Temporarily Closed' sign - Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash

The Art & Craft of Coping With Social Distancing

March 29, 2020 — Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash As COVID-19 continues to turn lives upside down across the globe, we, at Upper Canada Stretchers, have been thinking about how we can support our community in the arts.  With situations changing by the hour, it is confusing and unsettling, causing worry about the health and safety of our loved ones and ourselves, challenges with juggling family...

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Erin Loree - The Swirl

Erin Loree exhibit at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery

February 4, 2020 — (Erin Loree's The Swirl - photo by Alex Fischer) Being offered the chance to explore the vault at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery is something that many an art lover would jump at the chance for.  When you are a young artist, that opportunity is even more enticing.  That's exactly the invitation received in June 2019 by Toronto-based contemporary artist, Erin...

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Impress Round Framed Canvas

Introducing IMPRESS Framed Round Canvases & Stretchers

November 6, 2019 — Circular works of art, known in the art world as “tondos” (from the Italian word for ‘round’, “rotondo”), have appeared since Greek antiquity and became very fashionable in the Renaissance with examples painted by Botticelli, Michaelangelo, and Raphael. (Right: Madonna of the Magnificat, 1481, by Sandro Botticelli.)   Round artwork also provides a modern appeal as it is far rarer to see paintings...

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Why Choose Upper Canada Stretchers art supply store?

We enjoy our work and take pleasure in making our stretcher business friendly and efficient for our customers.  When you choose Upper Canada Stretchers you can count on:

  • Professionally-made keyable stretchers:  Our material and manufacturing standards are very high. You’ll be pleased to discover how satisfying it is to work with properly made, fully keyable stretchers.
  • Prompt Deliveries:  We ship most custom orders by courier or LTL transport in 3 to 5 days and stock orders in 1 to 2 days.  All shipments are confirmed with customers and tracked to ensure trouble-free delivery within Canada, the United States, and overseas.
  • Personal Attention:  We offer you friendly and competent customer service just a toll-free phone call away at 1.800.561.4944 or by email.
  • Convenience:   You can purchase many of our products online, including custom-sized frames. You can also place orders or request quotes anytime by email.
  • Creative Design Team:  We offer experienced design and engineering staff for fabrication of unique designs and troubleshooting for any challenging project you might be involved in.
  • In-House CNC Technology: We do all of our own 3D machining in-house, meaning that we can offer extensive customization and control in all aspects of a project, from the design and materials through machining and finishing.
  • Our Guarantee:  We will replace any product that fails to meet our high standards at no extra cost to the customer.

CUSTOM SIZED STRETCHER FRAMES

  • Order stretchers in imperial or metric units
  • Made to any size you want, accurate to within  1/16 inch (1 mm)
  • Order as individual bars or as complete frames
  • We custom make very small to very large stretchers – 6 inches to 30 feet and over!

Which stretcher profile is best for my needs?