Will Thunder Bay become a fair trade city?

City council is expected to receive a report Monday on what is required for the city to be declared a fair trade community. It requested the information after a group of students from Ogden School came up with the idea in June.

School children prompt city council to consider fair trade city designation at council tonight

City council is expected to receive a report today on the criteria for the city to be declared a fair trade community. Fair trade products, such as coffee and fruits, give a better deal to marginalized producers in developing countries. (iStock)

What does it take for Thunder Bay to become a fair trade city? City council will find out Monday night.

City council is expected to receive a report Monday about the criteria for the city to be declared a fair trade community. It requested the information after a group of students from Ogden School came up with the idea in June.

Wolfville, N.S., became the first fair trade community in Canada in 2007. Since then, 12 other cities — including Ontario's Port Colborne, Barrie and Toronto — have joined the rank.

The designation would give Thunder Bay a unique identity, according to Wolfville's deputy mayor David Mangle, and it hasn't cost his city much.

"It puts us on the map of a place that is socially conscious and … there would be benefits in terms of tourism possibilities," he said.

The title also complements Wolfville's business profile, according to Manlge.

"We're not a big mall type of town. We're a small town with a distinct business community," he said.

Fair trade products, such as coffee and fruits, give a better deal to marginalized producers in developing countries.