Oxford MPP Launches Buy Local Initiative

WOODSTOCK – In the wake of significant layoffs in Oxford County, Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, is encouraging the community to support the local economy and local businesses.

“Although many of our companies have been hit hard with uncompetitive government policies and the increasing cost of operating in Ontario, there are still so many great businesses in Oxford and we should do what we can to support them,” said Hardeman. “Plus, with a strong agriculture industry, there is plenty of local produce available. Whether you’re shopping for back to school, or a backyard BBQ, you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for.”

Hardeman is building on local efforts by launching a Shop Local, Buy Local initiative to highlight Oxford businesses and encourage residents to shop at their local stores and look for local produce and products. MPP Hardeman will also be meeting with local business owners about the challenges they face.

“Businesses have raised concerns that with the high hydro costs, excessive government regulation and expensive labour proposals in Bill 148 they may be forced to lay off more people or look at other jurisdictions,” said Hardeman “I continue to push the government to address these problems, but until changes are made we can all help to support our local businesses by shopping local and buying local.”

The campaign will include advertising, social media and a poster that people and businesses can display to encourage everyone to Shop Local, Buy Local. Download poster at: http://erniehardemanmpp.com/shop-local-buy-local/

“Here in Oxford we have great farmers, restaurants, manufacturers and retailers. They do so much to support the community, so let’s do what we can to support them by shopping local and buying local,” said Hardeman.

For more information see: http://erniehardemanmpp.com/shop-local-buy-local/

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For more information, contact:

Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford

(416) 325-1239