Fairtrade Canada launched the Fair Trade Towns Program in 2006, with Wolfville NS being the first community to be designated.
In 2010 the criteria for the Fair Trade Campus Program were developed in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
In 2011 the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) was founded, and a short time later partnered with Fairtrade Canada to co-manage the Fair Trade Programs and to advance, support, and advocate for the fair trade movement in Canada.
Full Fair Trade Town and Campus Program materials were developed by CFTN in 2013/14. This included guides, requirement summary sheets, pamphlets, project plans, audit sheets, application and renewal forms.
CFTN developed two new Programs in partnership with Fairtrade Canada in 2014. The Fair Trade Schools Program was implemented with funding acquired through the Lush Charity Pot Program. The Fair Trade Event Program was developed in partnership with Manitoba Council for International Co-operation and the Vancouver International Soccer Festival.
L’Association québécoise du commerce équitable (AQCÉ) became a Fair Trade Programs partner in 2016, leading the growth and operational management of Programs in Quebec. The Fair Trade Workplace and Faith Group Programs were also implemented that year.
Fair Trade Program designations are awarded based on a joint review by Fairtrade Canada, CFTN and AQCÉ.
A Fair Trade Program designation is a badge of honor for your hard work promoting and supporting trade justice. To maintain the integrity of the designation, every Fair Trade Program is required to submit its annual renewal by July 1 each year after its initial application
For agricultural products:
For products where no Fairtrade or SPP standards exist: