Our "cheap Chinese clones" are far from cheap by your standards. A Jing Gong that would cost under $100 in the US will cost about $350 here, not a whole lot less than a TM would. And with the quality of these clones going up, they're becoming a more desireable alternative to TM, and prices seem not too far off what you'd pay for a TM.
When it comes to airsoft in Canada, the pickings are slim for new guns. We currently have only 2 "retailers" that sell airsoft guns because the transfer of replica firearms is illegal in Canada. If it doesn't come with a clear receiver, it's considered a replica. These 2 retailers are really sticking their necks out to import these guns.