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On July 18, 1994, First Ministers signed the Agreement on Internal Trade (the Agreement) which came into effect on July 1, 1995. The Agreement aims to reduce barriers to the movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada.
The Agreement provides for: general rules which prevent governments from erecting new trade barriers and which require the reduction of existing ones in areas covered under the Agreement; specific obligations in 10 economic sectors — such as government purchasing, labour mobility and investment — which cover a significant amount of economic activity in Canada; the streamlining and harmonization of regulations and standards (e.g. transportation, consumer protection); a formal dispute resolution mechanism that is accessible to individuals and businesses as well as governments; and commitments to further liberalize trade through continuing negotiations and specified work programs.
This site contains a summary of the Agreement, the full text of the Agreement (2007 consolidation) and all amendments up to 2007 and links to other related sites.
NOTE: This site has been archived and is no longer being updated. For up-to-date information on the Agreement on Internal Trade, please visit the website of the Internal Trade Secretariat.