The Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) was founded in 2011 to grow this movement by tying together individual actions and enabling us to speak with a louder, more coordinated voice. The movement now encompasses individuals, volunteers and advocates, business, institutional and government leaders, as well as non-profit partners and academics.
In early 2011, Canada had one national Fair Trade designation program, Fair Trade Town, with 15 designations. The program started in the UK in 2001 and was brought to Canada in 2006. The program recognizes efforts made by municipalities and advocates for their support for fair trade.