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A fair trade focused community

I’ve told you a lot about specific communities in Barrie, but what about the city as a whole? You might be interested to know that Barrie has become a Fair Trade Town – an initiative that’s new to Canada and was adapted from an international campaign that began in the United Kingdom.

After achieving the goals outlined in the Fair Trade Town certification guidelines, we’ve confirmed that our community is committed to supporting the principles of Fair Trade and improving the livelihoods of millions of farmers and workers in the global south.

There are six requirements that allow Barrie to qualify as a Fair Trade Town, which includes local authority support, availability of fair trade products in Barrie, community support, public awareness and media coverage, local fair trade steering group and ethical and sustainable consumption.

After much work and dedication, Barrie became a Fair Trade City in May 2012, joining 600 other cities worldwide. This sent a message to Canadians and the world that we’re committed to supporting the Fair Trade program, which has produced measureable improvements in the quality of life of millions of individuals in the developing world.

And, to give us even more bragging rights, Barrie is the largest Fair Trade City in Ontario so far and a true leader in the movement.