December 2, 2013 4:49 pm
Updated: December 2, 2013 7:14 pm

British Columbians encouraged to shop locally during holidays

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It may be Cyber Monday, but British Columbians are being reminded about the importance of buying local.

The second annual, province-wide “Buy Local Week” launches today to raise awareness about the benefits of buying locally made goods and services.

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“This campaign is focused on consumer shopping — restaurants, coffee shops, food retailers — trying to do it around the holidays, so that we focus the $1,400 that an average Canadian spends every year during the holidays towards local businesses,” says executive director Amy Robinson.

Organizers says one per cent increase in consumer local shopping creates 3,100 jobs and $94 million in wages for the local economy.

“We know that when we have a strong small business community, we have a vibrant community that people like to live in,” says Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto.

“The small businesses in your communities are moms and dads, they are hockey coaches, they are raising money for hospital foundations, they are the ones that are making your community strong, so when you think about shopping for Christmas, think about buying local.”

To learn more about Buy Local Week, go here.

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