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Keeping it Local

What is Keeping it Local?

Localization means that goods and services are produced at the local level, reducing dependency on large urban centers and distant countries. Localization does not mean isolating your community; it simply means becoming more self-reliant.

Why Keeping it Local?

In a healthy economy, localization can...

  • Help a community withstand economic change.
  • Generate local dollars and keep them circulating within the local economy.
  • Build a sense of community pride and loyalty to local business.
  • Capitalize on strengths and assets that make your community unique, which can attract tourists and industry.
  • Create employment.
  • Help communities adapt to rising fuel prices and climate disruption.

How Do You Keep it Local?

Strategies for Localization

In a globalized economy, communities must be strategic about how they can begin to localize some of their goods and services. Not everything can be produced ?at home?, but will depend on local assets.

  • Assess what is being produced and used locally (eg. food, health, entertainment). Can these sectors be strengthened? Can a business producing for the local economy be financially or otherwise supported by the municipality?
  • Examine models of local control, such as community forestry and regional renewable energy system
  • Consider whether community branding may be beneficial to marketing and tourism opportunities
  • Celebrate and promote local products and businesses through community events
  • Set an example as a municipality to support local goods and services by creating a local-first purchasing policy
Promote Local Products Using Events

Oxford County is the setting for Oxfordilicious, an initiative that promotes local foods with a limited-time offer of local food in local restaurants. Oxford Fresh has also organized a Buy Local, Buy Fresh map, and three new farmers markets in the county, all of which advertise for local businesses. Visit

Integrate Local Value Chains and Infrastructure

Miky?s Smoke House is a community-oriented business which produces value-added meat products. The meat is grown and processed locally by the same owner on Prune Creek Farm, Northeastern Ontario. There, they raise beef, pork, chicken, elk, highland beef, and buffalo and produce over 60 different value-added meat products. They have also recently added an abattoir to their operations, which allows regional meat producers to reduce their costs and cuts air pollution.




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