Calling all artists and creatives! MIEDS recently secured government funding to develop ecommerce infrastructure to support the talented artists, vendors, and creatives on Haida Gwaii.
Ecommerce Poster – ecommerce project information and frequently asked questions
Did you know that a 2020 Statistics Canada study found that “Canadian retail sales fell by 17.9%. However, retail e-commerce sales nearly doubled (+99.3%).
To clarify, this is not funding for individual vendors, but island-wide funds to build tools (online shop, shipping calculators, workshops etc.) to help vendors better sell their products off-island.
The store will sit on gohaidagwaii.ca (the tourism site which receives 65,000 visitors each year) and vendors will be able to directly synch their existing stores (Shopify, WooCommerce, and tentatively Wix and Squarespace as well) to the site. Artists without webstores (e.g. Etsy or Facebook Marketplace) will be able to create their own profile on the marketplace site.
Curious about how ecommerce can help your business? Learn more about island-specific resources to empower your business by contacting Timmons, our E-Commerce Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.