Impact of local purchasing

The impact of local purchasing.

If you think local purchasing is more complicated, remember that its impact is not to be underestimated. Recent surveys confirm that the average consumer spends more than $1,000 annually on businesses whose profits do not remain in the Outaouais or even in Quebec. When we think that these decisions are made by nearly 300,000 consumers in the Outaouais, we estimate that the economic leaks amount to nearly $500M just for our region.

What does $500M represent?

A potential of:

  • 500 to 1,500 additional businesses in the territory
  • 5000 additional direct jobs
  • 10,000 additional indirect jobs
  • More than $1M more in philanthropic support (sponsorships and others) in our community. (Source)



Buying local means better economic security and the best possible autonomy towards our products and services.

$1000 is big and small at the same time.

What does this $1000 per consumer represent? If every week you redirect at least $30 of the purchases you make from foreign companies to local companies, you help recover $500 million in purchases for the Outaouais.

Concretely, $30 per week could be:

  • Order a book at the local bookstore
  • Choosing drinks from the Outaouais
  • Request service from a local business
  • Wear the clothes of local artisans
  • Eat at the neighborhood restaurant
  • Visit a small shop near you
  • Buy the local newspaper and listen to the community radio
  • Have fun at the many local festivals and celebrations
  • Find and ask for local products in your grocery store
  • Subscribe to fresh vegetable baskets from a local producer
  • Choose the Outaouais every week