About Us


Ending poverty, confronting climate change, and securing human rights for everyone seem like incredible challenges. But achieving these goals is possible. As Canadians, we have an opportunity to take the lead and make an impact. As individuals, we can learn about trade, alter our buying habits to reflect a global mindset, and seek fair trade products whenever possible. We can also work together and lobby our public institutions and municipal, provincial, and federal governments to adopt policies that can lead to a fair, sustainable world.

At the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN), we want to empower Canadians to take action and make a positive global impact.

Our vision.

We want to see a fair, sustainable world led by thoughtful, motivated, and informed Canadians.

Our mission.

We aim to inspire and strengthen a network of fair trade leaders and advocates. Together we will work to realize our vision.

Our strategy.

We will focus our efforts on four core pillars:

  • Pillar 1. Support an active grassroots movement for fair trade in Canada
  • Pillar 2. Ensure fair trade expands with integrity
  • Pillar 3. Nurture a thriving fair trade business sector
  • Pillar 4. Engage Canada’s federal government through advocacy

Fair Trade & The Wider World:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are a set of seventeen aspirational "Global Goals". The SDGs were in large measure informed by the oft quoted assertion by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that "there can be no Plan B, because there is no Planet B.
    • Fair Trade Ties to: SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (decent work), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 13 (climate change), SDG 16 (peace and justice), SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals). Learn more.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th, 1948. The Declaration represents the first global expression of what many people believe to be the rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. There are numerous ties between fair trade and human rights.
  • The Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions, mitigation, adaptation and finance. Fair trade focuses on sustainable agriculture, soil and environmental health; the ties are natural.