In Canada we have an oligopoly in the sugar market so it is fairly simple, we only have 2 major sugar company Rogers/Lantic and Redpath. Unfortunately, the sugar produced at Lantic Vancouver uses animal by-products in their process and is not vegan certifiable. In addition, their Alberta plant also uses genetically modified sugar beet which may or may not have used animal genes, or animal derived substance, is unlabeled and therefore not vegan certifiable. Furthermore, for retail products only raw sugar is unbleached since brown sugar is usually produced by taking white sugar and adding molasses.
This has various implication for packaged goods since if they have added sugar the label do not say from which manufacturer it is. There is a chance that commercial grade sugar may not be produced in the same fashion as retail products. However, until we can confirm the details, packaged food which contains added sugar should be further investigated or considered non vegan certifiable.
We contacted both Lantic and Redpath to have a discussion with their management, but at the time of publishing had not received a reply. We will publish an update when we do.