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Ottawa, September 19, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade, on Wednesday, to ensure small business owners’ views are heard as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues.

Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice-President, National Affairs and Partnerships at CFIB, will present recent survey results highlighting the importance of NAFTA for small businesses in Canada. CFIB’s submission to the Committee will include the following recommendations:

  • Movement of labour: Ensure that the free flow of labour remains an important component of NAFTA and work to improve and clarify labour mobility rules.
  • Red tape (non-tariff barriers): Develop a chapter that focuses on simplifying rules with the aim of reducing the overall administrative burden for small businesses involved in trade.
  • The importance of duty-free: Renegotiation of NAFTA must ensure that trade remain as duty-free as possible and that the current range of duty-free goods within North America remain as is or be expanded.

Ms. Pohlmann will be available for media interviews prior to and after her submission.

What: CFIB testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time: 4:30pm

Where: Room 415, 180 Wellington St., Ottawa

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Ms. Pohlmann, please contact Andy Radia at 647-464-2814 or [email protected].

CFIB is Canada's largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.