Declare support for the City of Ottawa becoming a Fair Trade City
  • Petitioning City of Ottawa and Ottawa City Council

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City of Ottawa and Ottawa City Council

Declare support for the City of Ottawa becoming a Fair Trade City

    1. Lia Walsh
    2. Petition by

      Lia Walsh

      Gloucester, Canada

Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable is a local umbrella organization of organizations, businesses and concerned individuals. Its primary goal is to have the City of Ottawa declared a Fair Trade Town, according to the criteria established by Fairtrade Canada.

According to the criteria of Fairtrade Canada, Ottawa must achieve six goals before it can be officially recognized as a Fair Trade Town. These goals are:

1. Support from the local political authority
2. Fair Trade Certified products available in stores and restaurants
3. Support of community groups: workplaces, faith groups and schools
4. Public support: media and the general public
5. Steering committee is convened
6. Ethical and sustainable consumption promoted

Goal #1 in this case refers to the City of Ottawa ('the City') and Ottawa City Council ('the Council'). This requires the Council to pass a motion to declare its support of Ottawa becoming a Fair Trade Town and instruct the City to follow suit by amending its Ethical Purchasing Policy to include Fairtrade certified products in its cafes and at city meetings, like coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa and bananas.

The goal of the petition is to help demonstrate to the City and the Council that there is widespread support from residents throughout Ottawa. This petition will be presented to the Council along with a handwritten one. As such, the petition is intended for Ottawa residents only who have not signed the paper petition. We greatly appreciate outside support, which can be shown by visiting our website, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter (see below for addresses).

Fair Trade Town campaigns have been instrumental in increasing the amount of Fair Trade products purchases and improving consumer awareness over the origin of common products. Over 1,000 towns across the globe have already achieved Fair Trade status, 15 of which are Canadian municipalities. As the national capital, Ottawa must show leadership both nationally and on the world stage in terms of supporting socially-responsible practices. Fair Trade status for the City of Ottawa will raise local, national and international awareness about trade practices and increase the demand for goods produced ethically and sustainably both in Canada and abroad. For more information on Fair Trade Towns, check out our website.!/fairtradeottawa

Recent signatures


    1. FTOÉ to approach City Council soon with petition!

      Lia Walsh
      Petition Organizer

      Hello, amazing Fair Traders!

      The Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable (FTOÉ) team, which is responsible for the creation of the petition and the Fair Trade Town campaign in Ottawa, would like to thank everyone for their amazing support! It is clear that the Fair Trade movement is alive and well in Ottawa!

      FTOÉ will present the petition to Ottawa City Council in the next month. Any last-minute support is greatly appreciated, as we have not accomplished even half of our petition goal! Could you send this petition to 5 friends and encourage them to do the same? Together, we can do this!

      Many thanks,
      The FTOÉ Team

    2. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Remika Mortimer ROCKLAND, CANADA
      • 8 days ago

      Both my husband and I feel honoured to support fair trade products in addition to buying most of our produce from local organic farmers - this issue is of importance to us and we are honoured to be part of it.

    • Christine Blair VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      The capital is lagging behind the other cities - Vancouver, Toronto, edmonton.Time to catch up!

    • Rosemary Leslie OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      want famers and artisans to have better working conditions and get a fair price for their products

    • Katia Saint-Vil Ulysse OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      I would like the city in which I live, the National Capital, to be a Fair Trade leader, helping those who most need it.

    • Jared Hook OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      It's an ethical business practice


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