Fair Trade Towns
The Fair Trade Towns campaign is an exciting initiative that recognizes communities that actively support Fair Trade, increasing both availability and awareness at the local level.
Why become a Fair Trade Town?
- To distinguish your community as a leader and to confirm your commitment to supporting the principles of fair trade, including a fair price, respect for labour standards, environmental sustainability, and more direct and equitable trade
- To improve the livelihoods of the millions of farmers and workers in the developing world who benefit from fair trade
- To create awareness and encourage local citizens to make ethical and sustainable choices
- To unite your community in a common cause
- To have fun and be creative
a little history
The idea of a "Fair Trade Town" was born in England in 1999, when an Oxfam group in the town of Garstang wanted to promote fair trade as part of a community effort.
The campaign aimed to make Garstang the world's first Fair Trade Town and this goal soon attracted the interest of others throughout the community including private citizens, local businesses, and the town council.
All of the excitement surrounding the campaign soon captured the attention of local and regional media and before long Garstang became a famous landmark and an international campaign was born.
Many towns have followed the Garstang.'s example There are now more than 630 Fair Trade Towns in 18 countries!
In Canada, the movement is still young. The first city to be awarded Fair Trade Town status was Wolfville, Nova Scotia, on April 17, 2007. Since then, additional cities such as La Peche, Quebec, Gimli, Manitoba and Golden, British Columbia have joined in, allowing Fair Trade Towns to stretch from coast to coast.
Fair Trade TOWNS in canada
- Wolfville, NS (April 17, 2007)
- La Pêche, QC (November 9, 2007)
- Port Colborne, ON (April 28, 2009)
- Nakusp, BC (April 29, 2009)
- Golden, BC (June 8, 2009)
- Gimli, MB (July 1, 2009)
- Olds, AB (November 9, 2009)
- Revelstoke, BC (December 8, 2009)
- Neuville, QC (March 31, 2010)
- Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, QC (April 19, 2010)
- Vancouver, BC (May 6, 2010)
- Barrie, ON (May 10, 2010)
- Sainte Anne de Bellevue, QC (May 21, 2010)
- Canmore, AB (July 6, 2010)
- Sherbrooke, QC (February 9, 2011)
- Toronto, ON (May 10, 2013)
- Edmonton, AB (September 26, 2013)
- Trois-Rivières, QC (April 28, 2014)
- Brandon, MB (May 20, 2014)
Active Fair Trade Towns campaigns can be found in...
(As not all local campaigns are listed, please contact the Communications Department at Fairtrade Canada to find out if there is a Fair Trade Town campaign in your region or to register a new campaign)
We invite you to join the movement by supporting the campaign already underway in your town or by starting one yourself.
HOW TO GET STARTED?
To offer aspiring towns and cities a greater level of guidance and support, we have partnered with the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) and Association Québécoise du Commerce Équitable (AQCÉ). The CFTN or AQCÉ is your first point of contact when pursuing Fair Trade Town Designation.
They will provide you with free tools and resources, as well as advice and guidance on next steps. They can also put you in touch with other towns pursuing, or having achieved, Fair Trade Town status.
Contact infocftn [dot] ca or infoassoquebecequitable [dot] org to get started.
HOW TO APPLY?
Once you have met all the criteria and have obtained the application form from the CFTN or AQCÉ, you are ready to apply. Please send your complete application form and supporting documents to infocftn [dot] ca, infoassoquebecequitable [dot] org and communicationsfairtrade [dot] ca.