Why Buy Canadian First? It used to be that, as consumers, we didn't think twice about the long-term effects of our shopping habits on the communities we live in. We became addicted to low-cost products made abroad and got hooked on accumulating quantity over quality.
Canada is widely known for its hockey, maple syrup, and brutally cold winters. But you can bet your back bacon that Canadians also enjoy some special products only available in the Great White North, many of which are completely unknown to its neighbors to the south, at least outside of specialist importers.
Products manufactured in Canada have a direct impact on the creation and maintenance of jobs. The longer life of Canadian products is an economic benefit. Buying locally is better for the environment. Is buying Canadian products important for Canadians? In the past, as consumers, we didn't think about the long-term effects of our shopping habits on the communities we live in.
Consumers are often looking to support homegrown businesses by purchasing Canadian products but they don't always know the difference between the labels "Made in Canada" and "Product of Canada." The Competition Bureau requires that at least 98 per cent of a good's total direct costs of production or manufacturing are incurred in Canada before that good can be legally advertised as a "Product of Canada."
The trade war is instilling a newfound sense of patriotism in Canada's consumers, with a number of social media threads calling on users to support domestic products and industries, and avoid anything made in the U.S. But in today's globalized economy, buying Canadian is often a tricky proposition, experts warn.