Internal Trade

Internal trade is pivotal to the growth of businesses in every province and territory, in particular for small and medium sized enterprises. Constant and significant progress has been made in the past years to liberalize trade in Canada, resulting in more access to markets from coast to coast to coast, enhanced labour mobility for workers and less red tape for businesses.

In July 2022, Premiers reiterated their ongoing commitment to facilitate internal trade. Increased trade between provinces and territories supports Canada’s economic growth, while improving affordability, choice and security of supply. Building on recent progress, Premiers are committed to continuing to work cooperatively to ensure the success of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, reducing trade irritants and aligning regulatory approaches where possible.

While provinces and territories have been playing the leadership role in improving internal trade, the federal government must take real action to remove barriers and red tape under its jurisdiction, prioritizing removing constraints related to federal procurement.


Canada’s Premiers Discuss Affordability and Global Challenges
July 12, 2022

Premiers Committed to Strengthening the Economy Through Reducing Barriers to Internal Trade
July 10, 2019

Premiers Deliver Progress on Internal Trade Barriers
December 4, 2018

Premiers Make Advancements on Internal Trade
July 20, 2018

Premiers strike an agreement in principle on internal trade
July 22, 2016

Premiers work together to strengthen Canada’s future prosperity
July 17, 2015