EFC proud to influence Buy American for Canadians
By Anthony Capkun
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) says its efforts to amend the Buy American Act of 2009 have paid off; the act has been amended to ease the clause allowing Canadian exporters access to state and local public works projects in a range of programs as it relates to funds remaining in seven programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Furthermore, barriers have been reduced for Canadian companies from
exporter restrictions beyond the Buy American Act, and include a
‘Fast-track’ provision that helps resolve disputes should similar Buy
American provisions be applied to future legislation.
EFC says it took the lead in pushing for an amendment to the Buy
American clause U.S. President Barack Obama brought into law on February
17, 2009. EFC and its members joined a manufacturing coalition
spearheaded by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and co-signed a
brief requested by the Prime Minister back in May of 2009 as part of
the negotiation process.
“This deal solidifies the importance Canadian companies play in the U.S.
economy,” said Milos Jancik, president of EFC, “and allows our industry
to once again access opportunities that will only strengthen both the
U.S. and Canadian economies.”
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