For environmental reasons or to encourage the economy here, it is recommended to purchase local products, Canadian or Quebec.
It is true that there is something about buying products from here that makes us feel proud and happy. Not only are you injecting money into the local economy, but you’re also involved in reducing pollution from freight transportation and encouraging respectful working conditions.
54% of Quebecers say they consume locally on a frequent basis, according to the 2018 Responsible Consumption Barometer, which reports an increase in proximity as a purchasing criterion since 2010.
This trend has grown even more since the across the country in the last year, as the Canada-US commercial wrestling. This has prompted a surge of citizens committing to purchase Canadian product. There is even an online trend using the hashtag #BuyCanadian.
No matter how much we are committed to purchasing Canadian products, it is still necessary to know what is truly local. Do we really know if what we purchase from the Marché aux Puces is really local? It’s not so easy to figure out.
The federal agency offers two official and optional endorsements to help consumers recognize a Canadian product. The first is to put a mention or a sticker marked “Product of Canada”. Companies can only do this if at least 98% of the manufacturing process is done in Canada. The second is to put a mention or a sticker marked “Made in Canada”. It sounds the same as the first option, but this one means that at least 51% of the manufacturing process is done in Canada. That is significantly different. It is important to understand that in both cases, the last substantial transformation must have taken place within Canada’s borders. The reason for this is that transformation is the most expensive part of the product and it contributes too many jobs. In the province of Quebec there are no such rules. Companies do put made in Quebec on their products, but there are no regulations or certification needed to do so.