B.C. Buy Local Week (November 29–December 5, 2021) 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. Buy local online
Support local businesses out of 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.
2. Shop in store
Visit your favourite storefronts this holiday season
63 cents of $1 spent at local retailer stays in the community compared to 14 cents for chains.
3. Promote and share
Show your love of local
Share how you’re supporting local business with the hashtag #BCBuyLocal
4. Support your community
Visit shopping streets to find unique goods and services
Keep communities vibrant by supporting bricks & mortar stores.
5. Put local on your table
Choose local ingredients & 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. Local brewers provide 1 out of every 100 jobs in Canada & contribute $6B in tax revenue.
6. Buy local made
Support BC artists, makers & manufacturers
B.C. has 1800 food/beverage & 600 apparel companies. Manufacturing is B.C.’s 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.
Check out some of BC’s best businesses and shift your shopping this holiday.
Promote and share
Show your love of local to support local businesses without spending a dime. Follow them on social media, engage with their posts, and provide reviews when you get good service. Small and local businesses without budgets for advertising count on your reviews and recommendations for word-of-mouth marketing.
Our “Promote & Share” contest rewards you for supporting local businesses during #BCBuyLocal week. Share how you’re supporting local businesses this season, tag your favourite local businesses, and tag your friends to join the campaign.
Check back soon for an update on the 2021 Promote & Share contest.
During the holidays, the average Canadian spends about $1600 on travel, food, drinks and gifts. B.C. Buy Local Week encourages consumers to shift 1% of that spending — just $15 — to a local business, or a local grown or local made product, to keep money circulating in communities and keep good jobs in B.C. More reasons to buy local.
Businesses & 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. Find out about our partners or contact us to become one.