First and foremost, FTOÉ has one primary goal: to get Fair Trade Town status. Such a status would allow for wider availability of Fair Trade products and stronger city council and community support for Fair trade initiatives.
While working to achieve this status, FTOÉ focuses on awareness-raising as a key element in our work. We are constantly encouraging the residents of Ottawa to take action in creating lasting change that has a global affect.
How to make Ottawa a Fair Trade Town
City Council must commit to procuring fair trade products.
Fair trade products must be available from major retailers and cafés/restaurants.
Community groups such as schools and NGOs must support fair trade.
The people of Ottawa must be educated through community outreach and media features.
A steering committee must be formed to ensure that Fair Trade Town status is maintained and improved.
The progress we've already made
This is how far we've gone on each of the Fair Trade Town goals. As you can see, we're almost there!
For more information on how you can help us towards getting Fair Trade Town status for Ottawa, please visit the get involved page!
Businesses carrying fair trade
Events run since 2011
The impact of fair trade
Fairtrade as a certification is more than merely an envronmental certification, it is the only and best ethical and social certification that really ensures social and environmental, ethical and economic impact, and therefore human impact.
Fairtrade has improved our members' and farm workers' standard of living. We now have the resources to help the community and conserve the environment.