Manitoba introduces the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
By Ellen Cools
October 6, 2017 — Growth Enterprise and Manitoba Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen have announced that the Manitoba government introduced legislation to meet its obligations under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and “ensure future domestic trade agreements are easily implemented.”
According to Pedersen, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act proposes administrative amendments to The Labour Mobility Act and The Regulated Health Professions Act to ensure that the labour mobility obligations set out under all domestic trade agreements would be covered.
Additionally, the proposed legislation would streamline how Manitoba implements domestic trade agreements. This would allow the government to add or change references to domestic trade agreements in these acts by regulation, instead of requiring legislation.
“Promoting trade both within Canada and internationally is part of our government’s 10-point Economic Plan to generate new opportunities for growth and attract investment here in Manitoba,” said Pedersen. “Open markets mean greater choice for consumers, better opportunities for businesses to sell their goods and services, and more ways for workers to find jobs.”
Pedersen added that these changes support Manitoba’s commitment to eliminate red tape, improve regulatory efficiency and better align rules and regulations between jurisdictions.
The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (agreed to by the Manitoba government, federal government and the other provinces and territories) came into force on July 1 of this year.