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Toronto, July 22, 2016 – Small business applauds premiers’ decision today to create a stronger economic union. The new framework for internal trade in Canada is a vast improvement over the existing Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).
The new framework includes:
“While this agreement doesn’t complete the job, it is a huge step forward in creating the transparency that will help us push for even freer trade and less red tape between provinces over time. It is worth celebrating,” said CFIB executive vice-president Laura Jones.
In terms of regulatory barriers to doing business between provinces, CFIB has identified four key areas for provinces to focus on:
“With Canada’s 150th birthday coming up, I can’t think of a better gift to Canadians than to reinforce the foundation of our economic union by encouraging the free movement of goods, services, investment, and people, across Canada,” said Monique Moreau, Director, National Affairs.
CFIB is congratulating trade ministers and premiers across Canada. Once the federal government signs off, CFIB will nominate the agreement for its prestigious Golden Scissors Award.
To arrange an interview with Laura Jones or Monique Moreau, please contact Al Maggi at 416-455-7824 or [email protected].
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.