Dispute Resolution in the Agreement on Internal Trade: A Consumer Perspective


Marina Pavlović, Jonathan Bishop, Philip Holdsworth


Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)




This evaluation of the dispute resolution mechanism of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) has determined a series of amendments are required in order for the Agreement to meet its objectives in a more efficient manner. These objectives include the promotion of an open, efficient and stable domestic market for long-term job creation, economic growth and stability by reducing and eliminating to the extent possible, barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada. The AIT appears to focus on the prevention of new barriers to trade, while providing little incentive for the removal of existing barriers. We contend the recommendations enclosed in this report adhere to a series of the guiding principles first articulated in the Memorandum of Understanding on Procedures for the Elimination or Reduction of Interprovincial Barriers. As a result, the AIT dispute resolution mechanism, if amended as recommended, will improve its credibility, transparency, effectiveness, accessibility, timeliness, and its public nature.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.

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