Canadians want to make purchases that have a positive impact on people and the planet, but navigating the various human rights risks of our everyday purchases is no easy task. World Vision Canada estimates that in 2021 there were nearly 100 goods imported to Canada from over 50 countries that are at risk of being produced by child and forced labour. Most are household items including electronics, clothing, and groceries.

Right now, companies are not required to be transparent about their supply chain practices, meet common standards, or prevent human rights abuses throughout their supply chains.

Here’s what you need to know about child labour, and why World Vision Canada has been advocating for supply chain legislation like Bill S-211, set for final debates in March 2023.

Story Child labour: facts and how to help
What is child labour and what is Canada doing about it? Get the facts on what causes child labour, the global supply chain and what you can do to help stop it.

Resources Opinion – It’s time to pass Bill S-211
Bill S-211 would require companies and federal departments and agencies to be transparent about the human rights risks in their supply chains and what efforts they are undertaking to avoid them.

Report Supply Chain Risk Report 2023

Canada’s Growing Child & Forced Labour Problem

Story The Good Holiday Shopping Guide
Holiday shopping can be more enjoyable when you buy from brands that support fair labour practices. Check out products certified by Fairtrade Canada.

Story The Good Grocery List
Doing good in your every day: get your grocery list to make the world a better place

In the News Fair trade: what you need to know
The products we buy are sourced all over the world. Without fair trade, we could be contributing to the exploitation of workers – including children. Learn more.

Story Good fashion guide: your source for ethical clothing choices
From farm to factory to your closet: how to help fight child labour in the fashion industry.

Story Good Makeup Guide
Look good, feel good: 4 makeup companies doing their part to help keep children safe

Report Hidden Cost of Beauty: The Risk of Child Labour in Canadian Cosmetics
That ‘glow’ in your makeup is likely mica—a mineral linked to child labour.

Story Mica mining: a family legacy
The story of a family hand-picking mica.

Resources Child labour products in your house - virtual tour
From coffee to linens to toys, Canadians unknowingly bring products into their homes every day that are made by children. Come inside the average Canadian home to see for yourself how child labour infiltrates our everyday lives.

Story A guide to ethical consumerism
How your purchasing power can help end the worst forms of child labour.

Report Canada’s Child & Forced Labour Problem
Find out why this issue is a lot closer to Canada than we’d like to think.

Infographic Child labour 101
Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about child labour.

Resources Fair Trade Chocolate Guide
Chocolate is just one of many products consumed by Canadians that is at a high risk of being connected to child labour. By choosing to buy certified fair trade chocolate, you can use your purchasing power to help protect children from dirty, dangerous and degrading jobs.

Resources Fair Trade Tea Guide
Looking for brands that grow tea in an ethical and sustainable manner? Read about these fair trade tea companies and feel good about your purchase.

Story Five lives I can’t imagine for my son: coffee worker
A day in the life of an 8-year-old in Guatemala.

Story Five lives I can’t imagine for my son: seafood diver
A day in the life of a 14-year-old in Honduras.

Story Five lives I can’t imagine for my son: shoemaker
A day in the life of a 13-year-old in India.

Story Five lives I can’t imagine for my son: trafficking victim
Meet two children lured away from their families in Southeast Asia.

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