Fairtrade Month

Thank you for your interest in Fairtrade Month, which takes place every May in Canada. Celebrations for 2017 are now over, but check back here next spring for the 2018 events. (If you’ve landed here in the fall, it’s because our neighbours in the United States mark Fair Trade Month in October – visit our friends at Fairtrade America to see what they have lined up.)

Fairtrade Month is the biggest time of year where leaders, businesses, schools and many others celebrate everything Fairtrade from all products to the farmers and workers that we work with. 

Fairtrade Month

Why Fairtrade Month?

“Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world” – Martin Luther King

While every day should be a celebration of Fairtrade products, May is the opportunity to come together to celebrate and demand fair deals for the producers of the Global South.

There will also be a special celebration happening the weekend of World Fair Trade Day! Take part in the biggest Fairtrade celebration ever from May 12-14!

Join thousands of Canadians from coast to coast and choose products that change lives!

Fairtrade at retail

Bunkend Display

By choosing products with the FAIRTRADE Mark this May, you are supporting companies who work with farmers in the Global south, in order for these communities to grow and develop.

Check out our list of retailers who are participating in Fairtrade Month - look for signage in store to see where the Fairtrade products are located. Some retailers may have Fairtrade products on promotion, while others will offer samples from a demonstration table.

If your local retailer does not carry Fairtrade products, ask them to change that! Put them in touch with us at retail@fairtrade.ca - we can support them with in store promotional material, as well as connecting them with the companies that distribute Fairtrade products. Tell them you wish to choose goods that have a positive impact on the world.

Community initiatives

Looking for activities in your community? Organizing an event at your school? Make sure to fill out this form to let us know about your initiative! Consult the list of initiatives happening across the country.

Make sure to consult our brands guide to find out which products are Fairtrade in order to ask for them in store!

Contact us at action@fairtrade.ca for questions or ideas!

Free Promotional materials

If you are a retailer, please ensure to contact retail@fairtrade.ca by Friday April 14 to ensure you get your point of sale kit (available while stocks last).

If you are organizing an initiative within your community, school, faith group or workplace, make sure to order your free promotional materials early enough as we expect a higher demand than usual and there is usually approximately a 3 week delay!

Consult our digital toolkit which includes an array of resources from social media images and messaging, logos, producers photos and more!

Let's Get Social

Get social with us and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Take a look at our Tumblr page to see activities happening across the country and use the following hashtags!

#FairtradeMonth #FairtradeMay #MayIsFairtradeMonth #ChooseFairtrade

We are also celebrating our 20th anniversary by giving away Fairtrade products every month until December! Participate in our social media contest for your chance to win. Details here.