The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body has recently released its report with respect to Canada, Japan and the European Union’s appeals against the decision made by the WTO Panel on the domestic content requirements of Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff Program.
Canada has recently 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 international instrument to further liberalize trade in services.
On December 22, 2012, the Canadian government solicited views on the withdrawal of general preferential tariff status from imports of beneficiary countries.
On May 6, 2013, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body issued its decision affirming an earlier panel ruling that Canada had violated its national treatment obligations by offering green energy incentives that included domestic content requirements in Ontario that favoured local suppliers.
Carrying on Business in Canada is a general overview of, and introduction to, Canadian legislative and business considerations involving starting and operating a business, and investing in Canada.
The Canadian Government has recently introduced amendments to the Investment Canada Act to implement its revised policy towards state-owned enterprises which it announced in December last year.
On April 29, 2013, the Canadian government tabled Bill C-60, which includes proposed amendments to the "Investment Canada Act".
Over the past two months, some unusual news reports have been coming out of Japan, as the Prime Minister has taken some efforts to put an end to the economic stagnation.
A discussion on a recent ruling, where the Ontario Court of Appeal recently confirmed that foreign states can hinder a plaintiff from serving a foreign defendant if that defendant resides in a country that is a member of the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters and the foreign state refuses to effect service.
The Canadian government officially announced on March 16 in the Canada Gazette that Canada would be participating in a negotiation towards a Plurilateral International Services Agreement.
Declaring the intent to shape the global standards of trade, investment, and regulation, the United States and the European Union have announced that they will launch negotiations on a US-EU Free Trade Agreement.
The Minister of Finance (Canada), the Honourable James Flaherty, tabled the 2013 Federal Budget ("Budget 2013") on March 21, 2013 announcing a number of measures that could have an impact on the cost of engaging in international trade activities and on participation in business or investment in Canada.
Canada has joined 20 other World Trade Organization members, including the European Union, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and the United States, in negotiations toward a plurilateral agreement on international trade in services.
On November 3, 2010, Canada’s Industry Minister Tony Clement announced his decision that the proposed $38-billion acquisition of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. by BHP Billiton Limited is not likely to be of "net benefit to Canada" under the Investment Canada Act.
The following are some frequently asked questions concerning the application, administration and enforcement of the Investment Canada Act.
The decision in "Mobil Investments Canada Inc. and Murphy Oil Corporation v Government of Canada" under ICSID’s Additional Facility Rules has found a petroleum board’s imposition of a new requirement on foreign investors to spend millions of dollars per year in research and development and education and training in breach of Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal decision in Frito-Lay v. President of the CBSA, AP-2010-002, reasons January 8, 2013, teaches Canadian importers and the CBSA a number of important lessons.
The Government of Canada has recently introduced Bill C-56 in the House of Commons, which is intended to strengthen the enforcement of copyright and trade-marks rights by way of new border enforcement measures and both civil and criminal remedies.
On February 5, 2013, Canada filed an appeal at the World Trade Organization ("WTO") at the Government of Ontario’s request, appealing a Panel Report handed down by the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Board on December 19, 2012, which partially ruled that Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff ("FIT") Program with its domestic content requirements breach Canada’s international trade obligations.
The future of Atlantic trade and investment is about to take a very interesting turn.