The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal encourages local know-how by hiring and engaging qualified personnel from the Montréal region. The workforce does not rely on volunteers. A leading economic actor in Montréal cultural tourism, the Festival contributes to maintaining 1374 jobs (full-time equivalency). Of these, 49 permanent and 1236 contractual employees work expressly in organizing and staging the event.
The Festival prioritizes local suppliers, whether in technical or food matters, or for the production of auxiliary products.
Between 90 and 95% of foods sold on the Festival site are purchased less than 40 km from their distribution location. In addition to promoting the local economy, this local purchasing reduces the carbon emissions generated by transportation and market launch of products from foreign sources.
The Festival also prioritizes local purchasing in the production of auxiliary merchandise bearing its logo and colours. The use of eco-friendly, recyclable, durable and biodegradable materials is also encouraged and promoted.
- 64% of global purchases linked to its auxiliary merchandise are made with local distributors and manufacturers;
- 84% of clothing purchases are made with local distributors and manufacturers;
- 94% of clothing is printed or embroidered locally.
Since 2006, many of the bags and accessories bearing the logo and colours of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal have been made from recycled advertising banners. The Festival also offers a range of 100% recycled durable eco-friendly bags (woven propylene, hessian, etc.), a range of eco-friendly clothing (cotton, dye, printing, etc.) and reusable water bottles.