Rouyn-Noranda Named Canada’s 24th Fair Trade Town!

May 31st, 2017 | Rouyn-Noranda, Qc. The town of Rouyn-Noranda has been officially recognized as a Fair Trade Town!

By resolution, the town invites its community to subscribe to the objectives of fair trade and the municipality is committed to contribute to the promotion of fair trade at the local level by encouraging the purchase of fair trade products. The city is accompanied in this designation by the Corcovado International Solidarity Center, which also promotes fair trade and international solidarity.

“I sincerely thank the leaders of the Corcovado International Solidarity Center who supported this initiative and made the members of the municipal council aware of the importance of fair trade in our purchases. Once again, Rouyn-Noranda is at the forefront of Canadian cities by becoming the 24th Fair Trade Town to join the movement” Mario Provencher, Mayor of Rouyn-Noranda

 “What a pleasure to be able to congratulate Rouyn-Noranda on becoming today Canada’s 24th Fair Trade Town! As a result, the city is joining an international movement of municipalities demanding a fair and equitable agreement for producers of the Global South. Supporting fair trade and choosing Fairtrade products, as Rouyn-Noranda does, has a positive impact on the lives of producers and their families: they have the opportunity to invest in their community. Bravo!” – Mélissa Dubé, Outreach and Marketing Manager, Fairtrade Canada

By becoming the 24th Fair Trade Town in Canada, and the 9th in Quebec, Rouyn-Noranda gets a recognition for its long-standing commitment to more responsible and environmentally friendly consumption practices. Being a Fair Trade Town means supporting and encouraging producers and workers in the South, who benefit from better working conditions and protect their environment through sustainable agricultural practices. Congratulations to the City of Rouyn-Noranda and the Corcovado International Solidarity Center for their unwavering support for the fair trade movement! » - Loïc de Fabritus, Project Manager, Association québécoise du commerce équitable

“Rouyn-Noranda joins 23 other Fair Trade Towns who are committed to increasing the education, awareness and visibility of fair trade within their communities! As Canadian municipalities continue to redraft their purchasing policies to include the purchase of Fairtrade products, the fair trade movement is gaining momentum. Congratulations, you are making a difference in the lives of farmers and producers across the globe!” Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network.