June 24, 2022

FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE RCT

June 24, 2022 Dear Reader: In recognition of the five-year anniversary of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), I am writing on behalf of the representatives of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT) to provide our reflections on progress made to date to reconcile regulatory differences and to outline the RCT’s focus for the future. The CFTA entered into …

December 13, 2021

MINISTERS MEET TO ADVANCE PROGRESS ON INTERNAL TRADE PRIORITIES

December 13, 2021 – Federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for the Canadian Free Trade Agreement met today to discuss their joint efforts to reduce interprovincial trade barriers. This virtual Committee on Internal Trade meeting was chaired by Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation for British Columbia. Ministers began by emphasizing that an open and efficient internal …

December 3, 2021

REDUCING INTERNAL TRADE BARRIERS: 2021-2022 REGULATORY RECONCILIATION AND COOPERATION TABLE WORK PLAN

December 3, 2021 – The 2021-2022 Work Plan of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT) listing the measures for regulatory reconciliation and cooperation is now available at the following web page: Regulatory Reconciliation & Cooperation or https://www.cfta-alec.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/RCT-2021-2022-Work-Plan-Final-Version-for-Website-November-30-2021.pdf.

October 6, 2021

PUBLICATION OF CFTA 2020/2021 ANNUAL REPORT

October 6, 2021 – The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) Annual Report for the reporting period of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 is now available on the CFTA website at the following address: https://www.cfta-alec.ca/annual-reports/.

September 24, 2020

RULES ON ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION ENTER INTO FORCE

September 24, 2020 – Federal, provincial, and territorial governments (“Parties”) acknowledge the entry into force, within the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), of specific rules regarding electricity transmission in Canada. On June 25, 2020, Newfoundland and Labrador provided written notice to the Internal Trade Secretariat to enact specific rules on electricity transmission found in Annex 309: Electricity Transmission Service Providers …

September 17, 2020

MINISTERS MEET TO DISCUSS ONGOING INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE INTERNAL TRADE

September 17, 2020 – The Committee on Internal Trade (CIT) Chair, Premier Andrew Furey (NL), hosted a teleconference yesterday for Ministers and senior officials representing federal, provincial and territorial governments responsible for the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). During the meeting, updates were provided regarding various CFTA initiatives including financial services, cannabis for non-medical purposes, and trade in alcohol. An …

June 9, 2020

REGULATORY RECONCILIATION AND COOPERATION TABLE RELEASES 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

June 9, 2020 – The Canadian Free Trade Agreement’s (CFTA’s) Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT) continues its work to improve the regulatory environment in Canada. The RCT was established by the CFTA in 2017 to lead the reconciliation of regulatory differences among federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions that act as a barrier or impediment to trade for companies working in …

January 15, 2020

UPDATE – AMENDMENT TO THE CANADIAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

January 15, 2020 – Federal, provincial and territorial governments (“Parties”) have committed to review their own Party-specific exceptions under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). The CFTA has been amended to allow Parties to remove or narrow their own Party-specific exceptions more quickly and efficiently. Parties will now be able to remove their exceptions without requiring the approval of all …

January 13, 2020

HELPING ALCOHOL PRODUCERS EXPAND INTO NEW CANADIAN MARKETS

January 13, 2020 – The Federal, provincial, and territorial governments have developed a new website to give businesses involved in Canada’s alcoholic beverage industry a comprehensive source of information on rules and regulations across the country related to the liquor industry. The website makes it easier for alcohol manufacturers, agents and other related businesses seeking to expand their operations into …