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Buy local to save francophone small business

April 29, 2020

Numerous francophone and francophiles cities and communities are organizing and calling on people to show solidarity by stimulating their local economy and supporting small businesses.


The Economic Development Council of Alberta (CDÉA) is calling on Franco-Albertans to get supplies from Alberta’s francophone small businesses so they can weather the COVID-19 crisis.

The Council lists francophone businesses that are currently open on its website (in the French section). “More than ever,” said CDÉA executive director Étienne Alary, “we as francophones need to pull together to support our community's entrepreneurs.”

The Grande Prairie chapter of Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) is also working to strengthen the francophone and francophile community. 

It asks French-language businesses to put an “Ici, on parle français!” sign in their windows and encourage francophones and francophiles to support the local economy.


“Loin des yeux, près du cœur” (Absence makes the heart grow fonder) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Entreprises Riel and Tourisme Riel, two key Franco-Manitoban tourism organizations, are working with retail and tourism businesses to promote buying local and to develop business resumption strategies for the post-crisis period. They’re also hard at work on a joint virtual campaign with Travel Manitoba to help francophones maintain contact with the community.


Small businesses in the Mauricie and Rive-Sud region are banding together to confront the unprecedented economic situation created by the COVID-19 crisis.

GROUPÉ has founded an online information and mutual support platform,, where businesses can help each other, work together, and share information. “More than ever, entrepreneurs are feeling a need to talk to each other, share their concerns and struggles, and help each other out,” said Yves Lacroix, CEO of Fab3R in Trois-Rivières. “We realized that many businesses are really interested in mutual support,” said GROUPÉ CEO Alexandre Olive, “despite all the slowdowns and shutdowns.”

There’s also the Government of Québec’s new portal that promotes buying local and lists Québec businesses that sign up for it.

New Brunswick

A community and multidisciplinary discussion is currently taking place in NewBrunswick.

It takes the COVID-19 crisis as the jumping-off point for imagining a fairer and more environmentally respectful economy, as mentioned in the article in the link above.


Ottawa’s French-language community is standing firm despite the pandemic.

One instance is the City of Ottawa’s Economic Partners Task Force, formed to support local businesses hurt by COVID-19 through a Buy Local campaign. It encourages residents to buy merchandise and gift certificates online, order take-out meals, support local businesses on social media, and more.

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