Trade Update • November 6, 2023 o
n October 13, 2023, a full-day stakeholder engagement session was held concerning new supply chain due diligence legislation that is expected to be introduced by the Canadian government in 2024. The session was led by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and included participants from Public Safety Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and the Department of Finance.
Industry representatives included CSCB, the Canadian Apparel Federation, IECanada, the Retail Council of Canada, the Canadian Federation for Independent Business, and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Academic and civil society representative included Oxfam Canada, Free the Slaves, Anti-Slavery International, the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project, the Canadian Labour Congress, and McMaster University, among others.
Discussions covered the following:
- Due diligence in supply chains requirements
- Coverage of regulated entities
- Strengthening the import prohibition on goods produced with forced labour
Full details of these 3 areas discussed can be found here.