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.