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Why host a Fair Trade Event?

By hosting a public or private Fair Trade Event you can encourage your guests to learn about how their choices can positively impact farmers and workers in the Global South.

Using your Fair Trade Event as an opportunity to showcase your personal values and commitment to fair trade, you can inspire your friends, family and guests to consider global issues that have an impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

Public event designations can include anything from large conferences and festivals with thousands of attendees, to community events such as meetings, sidewalk sales or social events. Private event designations are more personal and can include weddings, parties and other gatherings.

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Estimate shows the potential Fairtrade Premium that could be generated by getting your event Fair Trade designated and offering Fairtrade coffee and tea. Add in other Fairtrade products like chocolate, sugar, flowers and fruit and the impact could be so much greater. The Fairtrade Premium is paid to producers for their crops, in addition to the purchase price, and is used to improve their businesses. For small events, the potential impact may not seem significant, but this designation is about scale and education. Many small events getting designated adds up to a big impact, and we’re increasingly seeing larger and larger events coming on board. Plus, it’s not just about the products consumed at your event – consider the impact of telling your attendees personally about Fairtrade, and influencing the choices they make in their own lives.


The Fair Trade event designation is awarded to event that meet three key requirements.

  1. There must be various categories of Fairtrade certified products available throughout the event.
  2. Organizers must work with committed partners to ensure fair trade educational materials and products are available throughout the event
  3. The event must promote understanding and raise awareness of fair trade for participants through print and digital materials.
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We provide all the resources you need to get your community designated as a Fair Trade Event. Visit our online resource kit which contains a pamphlet and more.

If you are looking to source Fairtrade brands to meet the product availability requirement, the Canadian Fairtrade Purchasing Guide 2020 is a valuable source of information.

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Materials and resources

Fairtrade Canada has a wide range of free promotional materials available to promote fair trade at events and businesses in your community. Posters, stickers, buttons help attract attention, while infographics and fact sheets provide detailed information for those wanting more information. Business resources include window clings, shelf wobblers and coffee shop kits.

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Designation Name Date City Province Participants
Mireille Saurette and Rick Piche’s Wedding Celebration Aug 7, 2021 Brandon Manitoba 25
University Highlands Elementary School Fair Trade Engagement Mar 11, 2021 Burnaby BC 30
February Lunch and Learn At McGill Mac Campus – Plant Based Eating Feb 17, 2021 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Quebec
SFU StreetFest 2021 in Virtual 3D! Jan 21, 2021 Burnaby BC
Bye-Bye Winter Mar 21, 2020 Saskatoon SK
Canadian Fairtrade Awards 2020 Mar 14, 2020 Calgary AB 200
A Taste of Fair Trade – Celebrating Chocolate Mar 9, 2020 Olds AB
Go for the Goals: The official launch of International Development Week in MB Feb 4, 2020 Winnipeg MB
Simulation de l’assemblée générale des Nations unies Feb 25, 2020 Sherbrooke QC 130
Go for the Goals Feb 6, 2020 Winnipeg MB
Global Citizen Awards Feb 8, 2020 Regina SK
Global Citizen Awards Feb 1, 2020 Saskatoon SK
Rire et Agir Mar 12, 2020 Montréal QC 1,200
Journées Québec sans frontières Jan 17, 2020 St-Augustin-de-Desmaures QC 350
Assiniboine Credit Union Annual Meeting Mar 12, 2020 Winnipeg MB 25
SFU Ancillary Services Holiday Party Dec 20, 2019 Burnaby BC 70
Marché de Nöel écoresponsable Dec 11, 2019 Montréal QC 200
QUiNTUS@7 – L’art au pouvoir de la création positive Nov 22, 2019 Montréal QC 200
Assemblée générale annuelle du Carrefour de solidarité internationale Nov 7, 2019 Sherbrooke QC 55
QUiNTUS@7 – La collaboration pour innover Oct 17, 2019 Montréal QC 150
UN Sustainable Development Goals Youth Training Oct 5, 2019 Winnipeg MB 25
Marché public de L’UdeS Oct 2, 2019 Sherbrooke QC 100
QUiNTUS@7 – L’éthique en communication numérique Sep 19, 2019 Montréal QC 150
Colloque annuel en développement durable, « 2030, c’est nous! » Oct 4, 2019 Montréal QC 200
Friends With Benefits – When Unions and Community are at Their Best Sep 26, 2019 Saskatoon SK 25
The Granary’s Annual Chocolate Party Nov 30, 2019 Carleton Place ON 25
Assemblée annuelle de membres Oct 9, 2019 Montréal QC 100
Portes ouvertes sur le monde Sep 29, 2019 Montréal QC 200
ARO fête ses 25 ans Oct 5, 2019 Repentigny QC 150
Solidarité sans frontières au Pied-du-Courant Sep 8, 2019 Montréal QC 100
Salon de la Famille écoresponsable Oct 19, 2019 Sherbrooke QC 2,000
Défi Gaïa Sep 21, 2019 Québec QC 350
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* Estimates of Fairtrade Premiums are based on the average consumption of coffee and tea by Canadians according to recent research.