The idea is not to buy Canadian only (it’s impossible to do so anyway), but to consider Canadian-made products over foreign-made ones first and buy these as often as we can.
Health & Safety
When we buy Canadian, we know that the products have met this country’s health & safety standards. The manufacturing industry in Canada is highly regulated, from the factories’ environmental emissions, to the quality assurance practices, to the materials used and beyond. These safety measures sometimes mean an increase in the price, but all things considered, isn’t it a small price to pay for peace of mind? Buying products made in Canada keeps us safer!
When we buy Canadian, we directly impact our economy in positive ways. Every dollar we spend in Canada has a ripple effect that far exceeds that of simple profits made by the businesses who take our money in exchange for goods or services. Regardless of what sectors and industries we work in, we are all part of this cycle. We are securing jobs, helping to create new ones and let’s not forget, when Canadian businesses are successful, they are in a position to give back to the communities they serve by supporting local charities, cultural associations, etc. Successfully employed Canadians and successful businesses also mean larger tax revenues towards government programs. Buying products made in Canada makes sense!
When we buy Canadian, we are contributing to the enrichment of our communities. It systematically makes us a part of something greater than ourselves and our immediate (material) needs. That one purchase we just made may contribute to the survival of a struggling local family business.
Labour Standards & Human Rights
When we buy Canadian, we can rest assured that the people who make the products are treated fairly, working in safe & sanitary conditions. We’ve all heard the horror stories of sweatshops in foreign countries, using children and adults as disposable labour. Many consumers are now deciding not to support those practices and demonstrate their principles by not buying products made in the countries that have such track records. Buying products made in Canada makes us feel good!
When we buy Canadian, we are reducing our carbon footprint, as products made closer to home require much less transportation.
We have every reason to be proud of our country, including the wonderful products we make here. See a “Made in Canada” label as a badge of integrity; one we’re proud to contribute to and want others to know about.
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