Your small purchases can make a big difference this holiday season.
As local businesses make up the fabric of our communities and the spine of the local economy, the City of Calgary is kicking off a holiday campaign to encourage Calgarians to support local for the second year in a row.
Last year, the campaign helped unite the community to support local – this year, it’s even more important to band together, according to the city mayor.
"The pandemic has hit businesses hard in a time when many were already challenged from a tough economy," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "Whether you order online from local companies, shop safely in person, or simply share your favourite Calgary brands and businesses with friends and family, I encourage every Calgarian to #SupportLocalYYC and shop safely this holiday season."
The City encourages Calgarians to shop online where possible, do curbside pickup, and if going into the stores, make sure to wear a mask, keep your distance and maintain good hand hygiene. Businesses are working hard to protect their patrons, and Calgarians need to do the same in return.
Shoppers are encouraged to leave positive reviews of the places they love on social media and online, or subscribe to a favourite small businesses' mailing list.
"As The City, we are focused on being business-friendly over the long term, ensuring we are identifying all opportunities for improvement to City services that will enable our business community to be successful," said Business and Local Economy Leader Sonya Sharp."
The City has also partnered with Google Canada and Digital Mainstreets with the ShopHERE program, helping small businesses develop an online presence.
Learn more at calgary.ca/supportlocal.