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Trump, Canada and the Future of NAFTA: Some FAQs

As Inauguration Day approaches we are receiving many questions about Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate or “tear up” the NAFTA, most of them turning on what he can do and what would it mean for Canada-United States trade....more

Supreme Court Sustains Protections for World Bank Information Sharing

On April 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously in World Bank Group v. Wallace that documents from World Bank Group investigations remain immune from document production requests that are part of domestic...more

Changes to Canada's Integrity Regime for Public Procurement Create Onerous New Reporting Requirement

On April 4, 2016, Public Works and Government Services Canada (Public Works), the procurement arm of the Canadian federal government, announced amendments to rules, known as the Integrity Regime, governing the eligibility of...more

Panama Papers Leaks: Do You Know Your Exposure?

The “Panama Papers” story hit the international press this week. An anonymous source leaked 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian firm believed to be the world’s fourth largest provider of offshore legal...more

Canada Eases Iran Sanctions and Opens Trade for Key Industrial Sectors

The Government of Canada today announced important amendments that loosen its economic sanctions against Iran. The amendments follow on the successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on January 16 by...more

Implementation Day for the P5+1 Iran Nuclear Agreement: What It Means for Canadian and International Businesses

January 16, 2016, marked “Implementation Day” for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the historic nuclear non-proliferation and sanctions reduction agreement reached between the “P5+1” countries (the United...more

NAFTA Chapter Eleven: Can Trans-Canada Break the U.S. Shutout?

US investors have successfully used investor-state arbitration under the NAFTA when they have thought themselves wronged by the actions of governments in Canada or Mexico. But the United States itself has never lost a NAFTA...more

Canada Announces Free Trade Agreement with the Ukraine

On July 14, at a ceremony near Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced the conclusion of negotiations on a Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)....more

Canadian Government Overhauls the Integrity Regime for Suppliers - Still Tough to Get Over Debar

On July 3, the Government of Canada announced a new Integrity Regime to replace the previous rules for debarment (disqualification) from public procurement. The new Regime, which is effective immediately, responds to more...more

Canada Expands Sanctions on Russia and the Crimea Region of the Ukraine

On Monday, June 29, 2015, the Canadian government expanded its economic sanctions against Russia and the Crimea region of the Ukraine. Three additional individuals and 14 entities were added to the list under the Special...more

7/3/2015  /  Canada , Popular , Russia , Sanctions , SDN List , Ukraine

Canada Lays Corruption and Fraud Charges Against SNC-Lavalin

On February 19, 2015, the RCMP laid corruption and fraud charges against the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., its division SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc., and its subsidiary SNC-Lavalin International Inc. under section 3(1)(b) of the...more

Canada Invokes Extraterritorial Measures Law Against US Buy America

The Government of Canada today invoked a rarely used law to prohibit compliance with the U.S. Buy America legislation in relation to a proposed ferry terminal to be built by the State of Alaska in Prince Rupert, B.C. In order...more

Canada Imposes New Trade Restrictions on Russia’s Oil Exploration and Extraction Sector

On Friday, December 19, 2014, the Government of Canada announced amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to impose product-specific restrictions on the supply of certain goods to Russia’s oil sector,...more

The Promise (and Limitations) of the New Canada-China Investment Treaty

The Canada-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT), which comes into force October 1, signals a deepening of the bilateral economic relationship. While it somewhat less ambitious than recent BITs that Canada has concluded...more

Canada-China Investment Treaty To Come into Force October 1

Two years after signing a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with China, Canada has now ratified it and announced that it will come into force on October 1. Canada has similar treaties, known domestically as foreign investment...more

Canada and the EU Complete Trade Treaty Negotiation

On August 5, 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced that they have completed negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The announcement puts to rest extended speculation about whether a...more

8/13/2014  /  Canada , CETA , EU , Trade Agreements , Trade Policy

Canada’s Economic Sanctions Against Ukraine and Russia Extended to Additional Individuals and Entities; Oil & Gas Technology...

On August 6, 2014, Canada amended the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations and Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to further expand the list of “designated persons”, both individuals and entities, with...more

8/7/2014  /  Canada , Energy , Oil & Gas , Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

Canada and the EU Complete Trade Treaty Negotiations

Canada and the European Union today announced that they have completed negotiation of their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The announcement puts to rest extended speculation about whether a deal was still...more

8/6/2014  /  Canada , CETA , Contract Negotiations , EU , NAFTA , TTIP

Update on Canada’s Economic Sanctions Against Ukraine and Russia

On July 24, 2014, Canada amended the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations and Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to expand the list of “designated persons” with whom Canadians are prohibited from...more

Prison Sentence in Air India Bribery Scheme Sends Deterrent Message to Canadian Executives

On May 23, Nazir Karigar, an agent of Cryptometrics Canada Inc. (Cryptometrics), was sentenced to three years in federal prison under Canada’s foreign bribery statute. Mr. Karigar was convicted last August of conspiring to...more

Finally, Membership Will Have its Privileges: Canadian Investors Abroad to Benefit as Canada Joins ICSID

Canada has announced, on November 1, 2013, that it has ratified the ICSID Convention and will at long last become a member of the principal international rule-making and administrative body for disputes between investors and...more

Canada-EU Trade Agreement: Breaking the Log-Jam

Breakthrough - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso today announced a breakthrough in the long-running negotiations to conclude a Comprehensive Economic and Trade...more

10/21/2013  /  Canada , CETA , EU , NAFTA , Trade Policy

Federal Court Finds No Duty to Consult Aboriginal Group on Investment Treaty

On August 26, in Hupacasath First Nation v. Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Court held that the Government of Canada has no constitutional duty to consult the applicant First Nation prior to ratification of the...more

Tougher Canadian Foreign Corruption Law Raises the Stakes for Officers and Directors

Canada has significantly strengthened its Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) including by adding a new offence that will expand the grounds for criminal liability for corporations and their directors, officers...more

The Trade in Services Agreement: Opportunities for Canadian Service Suppliers

On March 18, Canada announced publicly that it was joining 20 of its trading partners, including the United States, Mexico, the European Union, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Australia in negotiating a new...more

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