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e-3505 (Business and trade)

Initiated by Luxi Mathiyaparanam from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The fashion industry is diminishing, and is crucial to our national identity and our diverse population;
  • In 2020, the commencement of COVID-19 and the critical shortage of personal protective equipment proved that the need for “Made in Canada” fashion and production is essential;
  • Canada is one of the world’s largest apparel markets, however the market is predominately from imports, with retail sales in 2019, totalling US $28.04B. Canada has a significant market opportunity for fashion brands, retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers;
  • The Government of Canada must identify fashion as a form of art—Canadians have the fundamental right to exercise the freedom of expression;
  • The ongoing unaddressed issues include: cultural awareness and appropriation, carbon emissions, financial aid, inadequate education curriculum, inclusivity, international development, lack of a community unifying efforts across Canada, media coverage, legal representation, promotion abroad, safety, sustainability, technology, trust and available research preventing and limiting the development of industry;
  • Looking at the successes of dominant global allies in the industry, the opportunities for Canada are exponential, both nationally and internationally, and will further advance the nation’s social and economic infrastructure; and
  • It is time to bring this issue to the forefront of Canadian industries, develop opportunities for a better future, participate with other leading countries, and support the fashion industry for generations to come.
We, the undersigned, residents and citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Pass legislation to promote Canadian fashion in the national interest;
2. Add Canada Fashion Network to the list of organizations that make up the Canadian Heritage Portfolio.
Open for signature
June 14, 2021, at 5:14 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 13, 2021, at 5:14 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Chandra Arya
Liberal Caucus
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