Premiers are committed to maintaining a modern and competitive Canadian market. They recognize the role that more open internal trade can play in helping businesses be more productive, create jobs, and grow the economy, and they agree there is an urgent need to accelerate the pace of reducing barriers to trade within Canada, especially given the U.S. Administration’s protectionist measures.
In July 2016, Premiers reached an agreement in principle on a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). Since its inception on July 1, 2017, the CFTA has achieved broad coverage of the Canadian economy, including enhanced access to government procurement opportunities. Premiers recognize the important contribution of the CFTA in ensuring that the Canadian market remains stable and strong. However, further improvements to the flow of goods, services and investments across the country are necessary and require continued efforts and actions from all governments.
Premiers will provide leadership in advancing the work of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT) established under the CFTA to break down barriers. This includes enhancing trade and consumer choice in alcoholic beverages, and addressing regulatory barriers identified by the RCT, with specific focus in the areas of occupational health and safety, transport regulations, agriculture, and business registration. In addition, Premiers have directed responsible ministers to undertake work with provincial and territorial Trade ministers to make progress on the other measures identified by the RCT established under the CFTA and identified here.
Premiers Deliver Progress on Internal Trade Barriers
December 4, 2018
Premiers Make Advancements on Internal Trade
July 20, 2018