News release

Buy Local This Holiday Season

Nova Scotians are encouraged to shift some of their holiday shopping to local goods and locally owned businesses.

Communications Nova Scotia Minister Andrew Younger and Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell launched a buy local campaign for the holiday season at the Lost Cod Clothing Co. pop-up shop on Spring Garden Road, today, Dec. 3.

"We hope Nova Scotians will think about spending some of their money on local goods and at local businesses," said Mr. Younger. "There is nothing quite like a locally made Nova Scotia item or the experience you get when you walk into a locally owned business. And when you spend locally, more of that money stays here."

The provincewide campaign runs until Dec. 24 and consists of radio, print and social media. "Share the Love" stickers and buttons will be given to local businesses and producers to display.

The campaign is an opportunity to remind Nova Scotians of the benefits of shopping local, supporting local small businesses and local producers of food and other products.

"It is encouraging to see the government of Nova Scotia, through Select Nova Scotia, recognizing the importance of shopping locally, not only in the holiday season, but all year," said Gordon Stevens, owner of Lost Cod Clothing Co. "The power of our own consumers to shape the economy of Nova Scotia represents one of the greatest opportunities the province has to help propel our economy to new heights."

Small businesses and producers of food and other goods play an important role strengthening communities and the provincial economy.

"Select Nova Scotia provides an excellent opportunity for Nova Scotians to participate in the growth of the rural economy through the purchase of Nova Scotia agricultural products," said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. "I want to encourage everyone to purchase Nova Scotia grown and produced products this holiday season and throughout the year."

Select Nova Scotia is expanding its reach and will become the province's buy local campaign supporting the agriculture, aquaculture, small business industries and manufacturers.

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Nova Scotians are encouraged to shift some of their holiday shopping to local goods and locally owned businesses.

Communications Nova Scotia Minister Andrew Younger and Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell were at the Lost Cod Clothing Co. pop-up shop on Spring Garden Road today (December 3rd) to launch a buy local campaign for the holiday season.

The campaign is an opportunity to remind Nova Scotians of the benefits of shopping local, supporting local small businesses and local producers of food and other products.

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