Older Craftsman branded tools were a great value. Not so sure in the post-Sears where are they made now era but probably at least on the Home Depot "Husky" level which is usable at least.
Stanley stuff was a standard hobbyist quality in the past, "Fat Max" stuff seems worth the price premium vs. what now is baseline Stanley quality.
Canadian Tire (nicknamed Crappy Tire by many) has long sold the "Mastercraft" line of tools. These are pretty cheap and go on sale often. If you know you want a particular item and can wait, almost everything in the tool section is heavily discounted at least once a year. Most of the tools have a lifetime warranty so being lesser quality isn't an issue. I know a mechanic that uses Mastercraft for the "on the road" stuff they don't care if they drop in the mud and lose.
Princess Auto maybe equates to Harbor Freight... I have family members that keep going back and this stuff doesn't last. But situationally maybe it's a great buy. I avoid the place.
Mac Tools and Snap-on are expensive and worth it if you are serious daily user of the tool. Or if you are rich and want the bling garage...
A quality old Canadian brand is Gray Tools. The quality (and price) is up there in the Mac-Snap-on range.
If one is willing to buy old tools, it's like hunting for an older bench vise where the good old ones are far better than anything the box stores sell you today. I'd much rather have someone's 50 year old Craftsman socket set than one of those discount kits with 197 pieces half of which I have no use for.
I'm a sucker for just about any old tool stamped "Made in USA" or "Made in Canada" even if I already have 4 sets of that shear.