Buy local. We have heard this frequently over the last few years and it is becoming an increasingly popular mantra for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the businesses we frequent and even the products we use when we renovate or build a new home. Many of the products used by new home builders and renovators are manufactured right here in Ontario.
The Ontario Government’s Green Energy Act has invigorated Ontario’s large and diverse building products sector by offering incentives that have accelerated the development of new green building products in Ontario. These products will save energy, enhance environmental stewardship and reduce the environmental impact of building structures not only in Ontario but around the world. Ontario is also recognized as a leader in sustainable forest management, providing high quality products from a reliable source of renewable resources.
Although purchasing products from businesses that manufacture products in Ontario is critical to our economy, there are other tangible reasons for purchasing products and services from within our own community.
Ontario’s construction and building products sectors employ about 400,000 people. Every dollar spent on Ontario products or services enables our local businesses to offer their current employees job stability and also creates opportunity for expansion and the creation of new jobs locally. It goes without saying that people who are working are more inclined to spend money. Businesses that are succeeding financially often align themselves with local charities and fundraising efforts within their communities.
Ontario has some of the most stringent manufacturing regulations in the world ensuring job safety for workers, good product quality and environmental health. Transporting locally manufactured products as opposed to products manufactured overseas uses less energy and reduces our environmental footprint.
The strict manufacturing regulations in Ontario not only ensure the quality of the products manufactured here, they also ensure that the workplace is safe and that workers are treated and paid fairly.
It may seem cheaper to produce products on foreign soil but the reality is the cost of doing so is very high and the impact of outsourcing our manufacturing jobs to other countries is very distressing. Foreign workers will never spend their money at one of our local businesses or purchase products produced in Ontario.
The same theory applies to the various trades required to complete a project. While typically in residential construction the trades are local, larger projects or specialty products may prompt competitive costing from out of Province sources. The mindset now is swinging towards giving local companies preference and perhaps intentionally choosing products that can be sourced and installed by local companies.
When it comes time to renovate your home or build a new one, I encourage you to research the products and services that you will use. There are many local businesses that produce, sell and service high quality stone, wood, insulation, kitchen cabinets and a myriad of other building products that can be used in the renovation of your home or when you are building a new one. These products will very likely be better quality than you may be able to purchase elsewhere. The people who design and manufacture these products are local and this translates into better after purchase service. In addition to a better quality, locally manufactured product, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting our local economy.
It is fair to say that Ontario renovators and builders are key players in driving the economy both locally and provincially. We are keen to use the high quality products manufactured in Ontario wherever and whenever possible to promote increased economic activity in our province.