Free shopper tool during COVID-19
Find local businesses OPEN for WALK-IN, PICKUP or DELIVERY. Searchable, mobile-friendly directory and map of Greater Toronto area stores.
Black Owned Toronto is an online platform dedicated to highlighting Black owned businesses.
Often times it is very difficult to find Black-owned businesses in the city. This is a one stop shop for all shopping/service needs. This is also a great way to buy locally, and support the city’s economy!
‘Not Amazon’ is a website of (mostly) user-submitted small businesses to support across 4 Canadian cities and growing
The site operates like an online mall directory of exclusively independent businesses throughout the cities and online. Currently featuring thousands of shops in Toronto, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver. It is free to submit a local business. You can search or just browse around by category: handmade, spirits, coffee & tea, stationery, music, home decor, vintage and more. Black and Indigenous-owned businesses and businesses owned by people of colour and people with disabilities are featured.
Next for Not-Amazon is to expand to more cities. People from other cities in Canada have volunteered to collect initial lists of businesses, which the website will then convert into the Not-Amazon website. Hamilton and Ottawa are next.
Ottawa’s ByWard has created a Holiday Box with curated food items found in a variety of local shops
Each box lets the purchaser support over a dozen local businesses and helping them and their family have a better holiday season as well. There are two options: pick up or local delivery.
The Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) is showing the public that downtown is #OpenwithCare by providing businesses with PPE and materials to demonstrate their commitment to safety.
The #OpenwithCare toolkit includes:
- Disposable masks that can be given to customers free-of-charge
- Refillable hand sanitizer
- Door decals outlining provincial health guidelines
Downtown businesses can also take the #OpenwithCare pledge online. Those who take the pledge will be listed on Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s website and featured on social media. The campaign is designed to show customers that businesses are making health and safety a top priority. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ hopes #OpenwithCare will encourage Winnipeggers to support local by shopping, eating and exploring downtown safely.
A Toronto Neighbourhood unveiled the NOT FOR LEASE campaign to encourage those to shop local
The campaign, created by ad agency The Local Collective, spans three blocks and features more than 50 storefronts along Roncesvalles Avenue papered up with signs that say « For Lease. »
Downtown Prince George’s Plaid Friday asks you to show local businesses some love
Plaid Friday, the local alternative to ‘Black Friday’. The annual event to encourage people to spend their dollars locally, have some fun wearing plaid and to celebrate the diversity and creativity of local and independent businesses is taking place this Friday in Prince George. The fifth annual Plaid Friday campaign for Prince George will look a little different in 2020 as organizers adhere to all COVID-19 public health restrictions. This year all you have to do is put on something plaid —pretty much the uniform of northern B.C. – and shop locally.
Localhood.com is a website filled with visual stories about the experiences people can have in Toronto, created by the locals themselves.
The West End BIZ has put together locally sourced holiday gift boxes that include goods from 14 different West End businesses.
The gift boxes are a great way to support our local businesses and discover new businesses in Winnipeg’s West End neighbourhood.
Winnipeg Chamber provides a guideline on how to support local small businesses virtually.
Business associations in Edmonton want the city to help create a new e-commerce portal where customers can buy from local businesses online.
Two websites currently list local businesses or artisans: Edmonton Made and Things That Are Open, which was created in response to COVID-19 pandemic. BIAs are looking for an online portal that could be a tweaked version of a directory, with listings that link to companies’ online shopping tools. In addition, they are hoping for a campaign around ‘Shop Edmonton and support Edmonton businesses’
The City of Montreal is implementing new measures and $6 million in funding to encourage Montrealers to visit main streets & buy local
Six new actions include:
- installations in the downtown area for the winter season designed to “add to the shopping experience”
- financial support for campaigns implemented by merchants’ groups and chambers of commerce
- adding $1.5 million to the Commercial Activities Consolidation Fund, designed to support small businesses to ensure they can increase the quality of services, including on the digital market and the physical development of their place of business.
- free on-street parking on weekends
- businesses can extend opening hours to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends from Nov. 14 to Dec. 31
- support and promotion to continue urban delivery for local merchants