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NEIA seeking input from members on inter-provincial regulatory barriers that impact their firm’s operations

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force on July 1, 2017. This agreement covers trade, investment and labour mobility across Canada. The CFTA contains a chapter which covers Regulatory Notification, Reconciliation and Cooperation and it establishes a Federal/Provincial/Territorial Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT). As part of the RCT process, parties will enter into negotiations to reconcile regulatory measures, identified by a party, that act as a barrier to trade, investment or labour mobility in Canada.

A regulatory barrier can take many forms including but not limited to:

  • Differing testing or certification requirements; standards; trucking, shipping or transportation requirements;
  • Differing occupational health and safety, workers compensation, labelling or packaging requirements;
  • Differing licensing, or construction-related requirements

Accordingly, the Government of Newfoundland Labrador is in the process of identifying regulatory barriers that are priorities for the Province to bring forward to the RCT. To aid in this process, NEIA is reaching out to its members to understand what inter-provincial regulatory barriers they are experiencing that are a detriment to their business.

Please contact Kieran Hanley at kieran@neia.org with any insights that you may have.

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