Category: International Trade

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Federal Election 2015: New Contribution Limits and Identification Requirements

July 27, 2015

  With a federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015, recent amendments to the Canada Elections Act will soon be put into practice. The Fair Elections Act (FEA) passed on June 12, 2014, has increased individual contribution limits and changed elector identification requirements.    CONTRIBUTION LIMITS   Contributions to political parties, associations or candidates by persons or entities other than…

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: Limits on Restricting Trade with Israel

March 6, 2015

Since 2005, a political action campaign referred to as the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” movement (BDS Movement) has drawn public attention to the issue of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The BDS Movement promotes a variety of actions that are intended to restrict trade with Israel, including by targeting companies affiliated with or engaged in trade with Israel or Israeli businesses. Businesses should…

Alert: Canada Introduces Additional Sanctions Against Russia

February 20, 2015

  On February 17, 2015, the Government of Canada announced that new entities and individuals in Russia and Ukraine have been designated under Canada’s sanctions laws. These new measures are introduced in coordination with the United States and the European Union, and are in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.   The list of new entities and individuals designated…

Canadian Sanctions Against Russia

March 31, 2014

  On March 17, 2014, the federal government introduced two new regulations under Canada’s Special Economic Measures Act imposing an asset freeze on senior government officials and other individuals and entities in Russia and Crimea in connection with the recent developments in Crimea. The federal government subsequently amended these regulations to designate additional names, including a number of Russian banks. The Special Economic…

Opening the Asia-Pacific Gateway: Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

March 17, 2014

  Nearly 10 years after negotiations first began, the federal government announced on March 11, 2014 that the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) negotiations have come to a close. Beginning in 2005, Canada and the Republic of Korea (Korea) engaged in 14 rounds of negotiations before arriving at terms acceptable to both sides.     BACKGROUND   Canada’s existing ties…

Canada Imposes Asset Freeze against Members of Ukraine’s Former Government

March 7, 2014

  On March 5, 2014, the federal government introduced targeted economic sanctions against the representatives of the former government of Ukraine by regulations made under the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (FACFOA). The Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Ukraine) Regulations (Ukraine Regulations) impose an asset freeze in respect of the assets of senior officials of the former Ukrainian government and their…

Good News for Canadian Businesses: International and Internal Trade a Priority in 2014 Budget

February 13, 2014

  On February 11, 2014, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty tabled Economic Action Plan 2014 (Budget 2014) in the House of Commons. In Budget 2014, the federal government outlined a number of significant trade developments that have occurred over the past year, confirmed tariff relief for offshore oil and gas exploration companies, and introduced several new initiatives to ensure that consumers and…

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