BC Buy Local Week

B.C. Buy Local Week Dec 3–9, 2018

B.C. Buy Local week is an annual celebration of the unique contributions that B.C. businesses make to our economy. They strengthen the social fabric and donate to local causes. They provide great jobs, and support local service providers, keeping money circulating in the community. Consumers love local and B.C. Buy Local Week helps showcase B.C. local owned businesses, and B.C. local grown and local made products found in stores everywhere.


7 Ways for 7 Days

There are 7 days in #BCBuyLocal Week, so here are 7 ways to Buy Local this week and throughout the holiday season:

1. Shop in Store 

Visit your favourite storefronts this holiday season

45 cents of $1 spent at local retailer stays in the community compared to 17 cents for chains

2. Shop the Neighbourhood 

Visit shopping streets to find unique good and services

Keep communities vibrant by supporting bricks & mortar stores

3. Buy local online

Support local businesses from the comfort of your home.

2 out of every 3 dollars spent online in Canada goes to a U.S. multinational. You can buy B.C. when you buy online

4. Eat Local

Choose local ingredients for holiday meals & dine at local restaurants

40% of B.C. farms are small / 65 cents of $1 spent at local restaurants stays in the community compared to 30 cents for chains

5. Drink Local

Choose local wine, beer, cider & spirits

Local brewers provide 1 out of every 100 jobs in Canada & contributes $6B in tax revenue.

6. Buy Local Made

Support talented BC artists, makers and manufactures.

B.C. has 1800 food/beverage & 600 apparel companies / Manufacturing is 7th largest employer

7. Buy Local Gift Cards

Give gift cards from local stores & restaurants

60% of Canadians plan to buy gift cards this holiday. You can buy B.C. when you buy gift cards

Visit us for more of BC’s best businesses products, and check our calendar for local events during #BCBuyLocal Week!

Why Local?

During the holidays, the average Canadian spends about $1500 on travel, food, drinks and gifts. B.C. Buy Local Week encourages consumers to shift at least 1% of that spending – just $15 – to a local business, or a local grown or local made product. If all consumers make a 1% shift, it creates 3 100 jobs and sends $94 M in wages to B.C. workers. More reasons to buy local.

B.C. Buy Local Week Partners

LOCO coordinates B.C. Buy Local Week in partnership with leading businesses, Business Improvement Areas, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Organizations and Buy Local groups across B.C. Our partners represent some of the most interesting and unique business communities across B.C.! They are full of great local growers, manufacturers, designers, retailers, restaurants and service providers that keep our communities and our economy strong.

Find out more about our #BCBuyLocal Week partners, discover great local businesses and BUY LOCAL.

Interested in becoming a partner? We work with groups across the province to activate the campaign in their communities, measure community impact and elevate the stories of local business, and conduct our annual survey of independent businesses. Contact us for more info.