At the Council of the Federation (COF) meeting in July 2018, Premiers directed the parties to continue discussions to place the financial services sector under the CFTA in a way that provides each P/T with the same or better treatment that Canada offers to its international trading partners. The FSWG, composed of both commercial and financial FPT representatives, makes weekly roundtable calls to negotiate the CFTA`s financial services rules. [ * ] In the fall of 2018, the Premiers of Saskatchewan and Ontario signed a Memorandum of Understanding on interprovincial trade, with a focus on removing trade and regulatory barriers. Other trade improvement agreements, such as the Ontario-Quebec Trade and Cooperation Agreement, were considered on the 1st to promote trade and economic cooperation, foster labour mobility and better regulatory harmonization between the two provinces. On December 13, 2018, following the Prime Minister`s meeting in Montreal, Prime Minister Pallister issued a press release and called for strong federal action to reduce internal trade barriers. Manitoba also noted its request to the federal government to remove existing barriers in the area of environmental assessment (Bill C-69) and amendments to the Fisheries Act (Bill-68), reduce federal exemptions in the CFTA (primarily for procurement), meat inspections for processing and sale, new food inspection rules under the Safe Food For Canadians Act, and harmonization of energy efficiency standards for household appliances. Once a reconciliation agreement has been approved by the RCT, it will be accompanied by an implementation plan. A signed AR does not mean that the implementation is simultaneous. A party may be required to make legislative, regulatory and/or policy changes to implement the agreement, which may take a long time after the agreement is signed.
However, a public commitment to a timetable will have been made. Saskatoon, SK, July 10, 2019 – Internal trade is critical to business growth in all provinces and territories, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses. Interprovincial trade in goods and services has steadily increased over the years, surpassing $US 406 billion in 2017. In recent years, steady and significant progress has been made in liberalizing trade in Canada, which has improved access to coast-to-coast markets, improved labour mobility for workers, and reduced bureaucracy for businesses. Premiers commit to continue to work together to ensure the success of Canada`s Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and further reduce trade irritants. Premiers call on the federal government to also address barriers in its areas of jurisdiction. The TYA was signed in 1994 by the federal, provincial and territorial governments (with the exception of Nunavut) and came into force in 1995. The AIT was the first pan-Canadian agreement to remove barriers to the free movement of people, goods, services and investment within Canada. „There is even more to do in the fields than alcohol. That is why the work of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table is so important to our progress in removing barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility in Canada. In 2018, Ontario also changed the rules to allow beer and wine to be sold in grocery stores.
In October 2018, Ontario signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Saskatchewan to improve trade between the two provinces. Creation of a joint working group on reducing bureaucracy, focusing on removing barriers in transport and agriculture. For more information on purchasing obligations under domestic and international trade agreements, please visit Alberta Purchasing Connection`s Vendor homepage. . . .