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Barrie a Fair Trade City

Barrie City hallOn Monday May 10th, 2010, with the approval of City Council, the City of Barrie joined over 600 cities worldwide by qualifying as a Fair Trade City.

Achieving Fair Trade City status sends a message to Canadians and the rest of the world that Barrie is committed to supporting the Fair Trade program that has produced measureable improvements in the quality of life of millions of individuals in the developing world.

This qualification makes Barrie the largest Fair Trade City in Ontario, and a true leader in the Canadian Fair Trade movement.

The BFTWG has worked with Barrie City Council, City staff and a diverse group of community organizations for over two years to achieve this qualification. We are very grateful for the support that the City of Barrie has provided.

For more details see Fair Trade Town.

Fair Trade Wines Available at the Barrie LCBO

  • Six Hats, Chenin Blanc from South Africa, $7.50 for 750 ml.
  • Place in the Sun, Shiraz from South Africa. $12.95 for 750 ml.
  • Trivento Fair Trade, Malbec from Argentina, $11.95 for 750 ml.
  • Santa Digna, Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, $14.95 for 750 ml.
  • Frisky Zebras, Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, $8.90 for 750 ml.
  • Frisky Zebras, Shiraz from South Africa, $8.90 for 750ml

If you would like to participate, please contact us

Bruce Morton: 705-722-0141, email: bmorton@icpcanada.com

Barrie Fair Trade Retailers and Cafés

The number of stores and cafés selling Fair Trade certified products in Barrie has increased significantly. Here is a summary:

2002, one store in Barrie sold Fair Trade products.
2010, the year of Fair Trade Town qualification, 41 stores (28 retail and 13 cafés).
2015, 121 stores, 62 carrying 2 or more types of Fair Trade products.

The link below provides details on all 121 outlets:
View PDF for details.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, Apr. 8th: The MacLaren Youth Advisory Council Coffee House will be held at the MacLaren Art Centre, from 6 PM to 9 PM. Fair Trade bananas and chocolate will be available.
  • Monday, Apr. 18th: Durham County Board of Education is holding an Environmental Exposition. Bruce Morton will staff the Fair Trade Canada table.
  • Thursday April 28th: Innisdale S.S. is holding a Coffee House. The Innisdale Social Justice Club will staff a table, wear banana costumes and hand out bananas and chocolate.
  • Saturday May 14th: International Fair Trade Day — Fair Trade Barrie will be at the Farmer’s Market at City Hall with free coffeee and bananas.
  • Saturday June 4th: Fair Trade Barrie will participate again in Celebrate Barrie at Centennial Park on the waterfront. Crayons and Colouring for kids and lots of Fair Trade coffee, bananas and chocolate.

What's New

Innisdale School learns about Fairtrade!
  • Dec. 11th, 2015, Innisdale Secondary School students launched a Fair Trade School campaign in the school foyer. Cocoa Camino Fair Trade chocolate was donated by La Siembra for the event
  • Fair Trade International's Report for 2014-2015 is now available. (Details are here.) Some Highlights:
    1. There are now 1700 Fair Trade Towns in the world.
    2. Canadian Fair Trade sales grew 40% in 2014, reaching $339 million.
    3. In 2016 FTI will launch a Textile Standard that will apply to the entire cotton supply chain, improving the lives of factory workers.
    4. 24% of 2014 premiums earned by plantations were spent on education.
    5. MARS Chocolate UK announced that beginning in autumn 2015 Fair Trade certified cocoa will be used in all MARS bars in the UK and Ireland.
    6. Gender inequality and child labour are still challenges to the Fair Trade movement.
    7. In 2016 FTI will target growth in Poland, Argentina, the Philippines and Taiwan.

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