Top 6 reasons why we should be buying Canadian made products:
- The ECONOMY
- HEALTH & SAFETY
- The ENVIRONMENT
- LABOUR STANDARDS
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!
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 retail 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 are reducing our carbon footprint, as products made closer to home require much less transportation. Buying products made in Canada makes our planet greener!
In Canada, we can be assured that the people who make the products are treated fairly, working in safe & sanitary conditions. No child slave labour or sweatshops here. 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 supports 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.
Love of Country shouldn’t stop at flying a flag or wearing red and white. We have every reason to be proud of our country, including the wonderful products we make here. Some consumers buy Canadian over foreign-made as a matter of principle alone. We see a “Made in Canada” label as a badge of honour; one we’re proud to contribute to and want others to know about.
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.
To read more about how buying and supporting our local economy is important you can visit Buy Canadian First.