Category: International Trade

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Small Brewers Successfully Challenge Alberta’s Beer Markup Regime

July 9, 2018

On June 19, 2018, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench declared part of Alberta’s provincial beer markup regime to be in contravention of section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 (Constitution) in Steam Whistle Brewing Inc. v. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. This decision has important implications for inter-provincial trade generally and for provinces enacting measures aimed at protecting local…

Canada and Israel Sign Modernized Free Trade Agreement

June 7, 2018

Canada’s Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, and Israel’s Minister of the Economy and Industry, Eli Cohen, recently signed the Protocol Amending the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (Protocol). Once the Protocol is ratified by both governments, a modernized Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) will enter into force, benefitting businesses and exporters in Canada and Israel. WHAT’S NEW? When the original…

Canada Responds to New U.S. Steel Tariffs with Dollar-for-Dollar Measures Against Certain U.S. Imports

June 1, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the United States announced that it would be imposing tariffs on certain Canadian steel and aluminum products. Canada responded immediately by announcing that as of July 1, 2018, it will impose surtaxes or similar trade-restrictive countermeasures on steel, aluminum and other specified goods imported from the United States, with a value of up to C$16.6-billion. The…

Trade Talk: Canada and Mercosur Begin Negotiations

March 21, 2018

On March 20, 2018, Canada began the first round of negotiations towards a comprehensive Canada-Mercosur free trade agreement (CMFTA). Canada recently announced that it intended to begin negotiations with Mercosur – a trading bloc comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – with the first round of negotiations taking place in Ottawa from March 20 – 23. BACKGROUND The current…

Ontario Responds to “Buy American” Measures with the Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018

March 9, 2018

The Government of Ontario has passed the Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018 (Act) in response to measures taken in certain U.S. jurisdictions that restrict Ontario businesses’ opportunities to participate in public procurements. The Act is not yet in force in Ontario. However, when any regulations enacted under the Act come into effect there may be significant consequences for procuring entities…

Canada Signs the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

March 9, 2018

On March 8, 2018, Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), an agreement between the 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the United States withdrew from the TPP. Canada was joined in signing the CPTPP by Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Upon entry into force, the…

New Canadian Sanctions Legislation in Effect: Sergei Magnitsky Law

November 7, 2017

On November 3, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced regulations under the recently enacted Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) (SML) imposing an asset freeze on a number of foreign nationals identified by the government to be responsible for, or complicit in, significant corruption or gross violations of human rights. Like other Canadian sanctions laws,…

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

November 7, 2017

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in many ways a trading nation, and many Canadian businesses have ties elsewhere, sanctions laws have a significant impact not only on the target countries but also on Canadian…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

Canadian Economic Sanctions Update: New Sanctions Against Venezuela and Other Developments

October 3, 2017

Two recent developments in the Canadian economic sanctions regime are notable for Canadian financial institutions and businesses engaged in international trade: Canada has imposed new sanctions against Venezuela under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) and removed the export ban it had in place against Belarus since 2006. VENEZUELA SEMA REGULATIONS The SEMA is the federal legislation through which Canada…

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