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Target leaves Canada: Bad news for Canadian goods

By: Jennifer Gruden

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Community & Current Events

Target leaves Canada: Bad news for Canadian goods

By: Jennifer Gruden

Target's decision to close its Canadian stores obviously will have an immediate impact on its more than 17,000 Canadian employees. But believe it or not, it's also a blow to Canadians hoping to shop locally.

We spoke with Isabelle Remy, founder of Buy Canadian First, a website that exclusively showcases consumer goods made in Canada.

When Target came into Canada, Remy says, "They said, we are going to make a really big effort to carry Canadian brands. I know that some of my members got listed in the store because of that focus, and that's a focus that nobody else really has. I was excited about that and it was such a great opportunity."

One of the ways Canadians benefitted from Target's choice put Canadian goods on its shelves was that it offered Canadian brands at family-friendly price points. It's easier to find high-end goods that are made right here than at the lower end of the price range. Target helped start to close that gap.

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Examples of Canadian brands featured at Target include Foxy Originals and Wafu Japanese dressings.

But if you look hard, you can still find Canadian-made goods at a reasonable price: ERAwear food storage containers are on shelves at Dollarama and Walmart carries Blue Whale pillows and Cambridge towels, to name a few.

And it's worth keeping an eye out for those goods. Choosing to shop at home helps Canadians in multiple ways. "It's not just because it has a maple leaf on it…it's because I know that when I buy this, a person in Canada has a job, they can go to a restaurant, the restaurant will make money…they pay their taxes. It's the whole focus on re-investing in the community here. It's not just about the product, it's about everything that is around it," Remy reminds us.

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