The Royal Canadian Mounted Police saw an increase in the number of cases involving harmful counterfeit goods in Canada between 2005 and 2013.
In 2005, harmful counterfeits were involved with 11.5 percent of cases. By 2012, there were over 200 cases, or 30.4 percent of cases, that involved harmful fakes of toys, drugs, cosmetics, batteries and electronics.
In 2012, the counterfeit good that was most seized by the RCMP was replica clothing and replica shoes, which accounted for 45 percent of all counterfeits seized, followed by pirated movies and music with 20 percent.
Source: Rita Demontis, “Beware of counterfeit goods on Black Friday,” Toronto Sun, November 28, 2013.