Fairtrade Canada is a national, nonprofit Fair Trade certification organization, and the only Canadian member of the Fairtrade International (FLO). What we do can be broken down into three main categories:
Fairtrade Canada is responsible for certifying that Canadian products bearing the Fairtrade certification marks meet international Fairtrade standards. While the entire certification system monitors supply chains from the producers until the final point of packaging, we are responsible for monitoring and auditing products once they enter Canada, to ensure what is sold as Fairtrade certified actually is.
Fairtrade Canada licenses Canadian companies to use the Fairtrade certification marks on their products, and as part of that licenced companies must abide by strict mark-use standards. It is of paramount importance that these marks not be used in a way that is misleading to the public, and we work with companies to ensure their use does not undermine the integrity of the marks.
Fairtrade Canada works alongside community groups, companies, and individual citizens to promote Fair Trade and Fairtrade certified products. Through partnerships, campaigns, promotional materials, events, and media engagement, we work to develop peoples' understanding of Fair Trade and to build momentum so more producers can sell more of their products on fair terms.
How Fairtrade Canada is Funded
We are funded entirely through fees charged to companies selling products bearing the Fairtrade certification marks.