Le Lézard
Classified in: Business
Subjects: AVO, FVT, CPG

Council of the Federation meeting is the perfect opportunity for bold and decisive action on internal trade

TORONTO, July 10, 2019 /CNW/ - At this week's Council of the Federation (COF) meeting, Canada's premiers need to show they remain committed to keeping progress on interprovincial trade on the front burner, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

"Provincial governments have made some progress. But there's a lot more that needs to be done and without the strong will of the premiers we are worried that the good intentions behind CFTA won't turn into a reality. We need faster action on irritants that we've been talking about for years such as being able to ship wine from one province to another," said Laura Jones, CFIB's executive vice-president.

Since CFTA's signing, the provinces and territories have tackled some issues like standards for tires and health and safety equipment. However, there are still piles of red tape and exceptions stifling the flow of goods and services within Canada's borders. For example, only three provinces (Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia) allow direct-to-consumer shipment of wine from any other province and only two (Nova Scotia and Ontario) have moved to waive fees for registrations and renewals for businesses from any other jurisdiction. Additionally, residents in only four provinces (Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta) can bring home alcohol from other provinces and territories for their own personal consumption without limits. In fact, when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) was signed in 2017, there were 123 exceptions stalling trade of specific products, and there is no public information to suggest this has been reduced.

"CFIB is especially concerned about the fact that individual provinces and territories cannot remove their own exceptions without obtaining the consent of the other provinces and territories," added Jones. "This kind of red tape goes directly against the spirit of CFTA and needs to be changed."

To ensure the CFTA is successful, CFIB is recommending that premiers:

"When the CFTA was announced, we congratulated the trade ministers with our Golden Scissors Award, but we told them what was needed next was concrete action. Two years later, it's time we see more action," concluded Jones. "The changes CFIB proposes would be easy wins for Canada's premiers and we're hoping to see these changes very soon."

Read CFIB's table on select internal trade indicators for more information.

About CFIB
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada's largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 110,000 members across every industry and region. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners' chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings. Learn more at cfib.ca.

SOURCE Canadian Federation of Independent Business

These press releases may also interest you

at 13:17
Subtle Medical is approved for Phase II of its NIH SBIR grant to develop an innovative artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software, SubtleGADtm, which uses deep learning (DL) to reduce gadolinium dosage needed during MRI exams. Phase II funding is...

at 13:15
Applications are now being accepted for the SIA RISE Scholarship, a program presented by the Security Industry Association (SIA) RISE community offering $15,000 in scholarship funds for young security professionals. The RISE scholarship program will...

at 13:11
A California-based entertainment insurance company simplifies the short-term film production insurance process so their customers can apply for film insurance quotes easier and get the best deal imaginable ? all within one-business-day.  This is all...

at 13:10
The U.S. Department of the Air Force and Boeing [NYSE: BA] X-37B autonomous spaceplane is receiving the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy for the greatest American achievements in aeronautics and astronautics of 2019. The X-37B set a new 780-day...

at 13:07
Hudson Regional Hospital (HRH) has closed on its $76M purchase of the Bayonne Medical Center property and resubmitted a competitive binding offer with proof of funds to purchase the hospital operations from its current operator, CarePoint. "HRH is...

at 13:04
Today, as the economic fallout from COVID-19 continues, the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board issued a statement calling on Congress and the President to swiftly pass bipartisan legislation that provides widespread relief and...

News published on 10 july 2019 at 08:00 and distributed by: