BC Buy Local Week (December 1 – 7) is an annual celebration of local businesses, reminding us about the wonderful products, food & drink and services to support this holiday season. We are spoiled in BC with excellent, locally made products, locally grown food and locally owned companies.
Let’s look at the numbers. Did you know that BC local businesses create more than double the economic impact of their chain competitors? They re-circulate 2.6 times more revenue in the local economy as chains. That means for every $100 spent with a local business, $46 is re-circulated back into our economy.
Even a few purchases can have a big impact on the local economy. According to the 2014 BMO Holiday Outlook report, the average Canadian is planning to spend aprox $1,517 this holiday season. If everyone shifted to a local purchase, it would create 3,100 jobs and $94 million in wages to BC workers.
As a BC owned company, we are proud longtime partners of many local businesses as well as LOCO BC. A non-profit alliance, LOCO works to strengthen communities, grow the local economy and build strong, sustainable businesses with a focus on local. And we are proud to be Local Champions, supporting BC farmers, suppliers, products and organizations whenever we can.
We will be celebrating Buy Local Week by sharing some of our favourite local holiday gift ideas on Pinterest and using the hashtag #BCbuylocal. You can also write a holiday greeting card to your favourite local business for a chance to win one of eleven prizes worth over $3,000 including a three month Salt Spring Coffee subscription.