Retailers are banking on a robust back-to-school shopping season as students gear up to return to in-classroom learning — many for the first time in more than a year. (Cole Burston photo)
Retailers are banking on a robust back-to-school shopping season as students gear up to return to in-classroom learning — many for the first time in more than a year. Back to school supplies are shown in a store in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Retailers are banking on a robust back-to-school shopping season as students gear up to return to in-classroom learning — many for the first time in more than a year. (Cole Burston photo) Retailers are banking on a robust back-to-school shopping season as students gear up to return to in-classroom learning — many for the first time in more than a year. Back to school supplies are shown in a store in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Back to school shopping poll

POLL: Are you shopping locally for back to school?

Back to school shopping is in full swing, with schools back in session soon.

Living in rural communities can pose challenges to shop for the necessary gear; lack of stores, transportation challenges, costs, all go into the decisions made for where parents do their shopping.

READ MORE: Looking to save some money this back-to-school season? Here are some tips

During COVID-19, many people took to on-line shopping and have stuck with it, leaving smaller shops in communities desperate for business.

Have your shopping behaviours changed?


 

Alli Thompson and Sarah Thompson carrying bags full of school supplies to donate. (Joshua Fischlin photo)

Alli Thompson and Sarah Thompson carrying bags full of school supplies to donate. (Joshua Fischlin photo)