Agreement on Internal Trade—For Consumers

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Agreement on Internal Trade
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Economic Action Plan 2015 announced the creation a new Internal Trade Promotion Office

The Office will engage with provinces and territories, businesses, workers, consumers and academia to explore opportunities to address internal trade barriers. Learn more about EAP 2015.

Modernizing internal trade in Canada:
What's in it for you?

More choice

It may come as a surprise that, while you can easily cross from one province or territory to another, some goods—like beer and wine—can't always do the same.

Have you ever taken a trip to a different province, found a product you love and then later discovered that it is not available back home?

One reason is Canada's internal trade rules.

Why? Over time, governments have introduced different standards and regulations that vary across provinces and territories. So it can be a bit tricky for businesses to modify their products and services and complete all the necessary paperwork to meet the requirements in each jurisdiction. This means that some Canadian products and services can't be easily offered Canada-wide.

Provincial rules limit out-of-province winemakers from selling directly to you. This increases the cost to you and limits your choices.
Provinces and territories have varying regulations for the distribution, sale and import of beer products. This limits your choices.
Some provinces require additional tests or an extra licence to sell cheese. For small producers, this extra cost isn't worth getting their cheese in your cart.
The federal government regulates the certification and production of organic goods sold interprovincially. However, some provinces have specific rules that apply to goods sold within their borders. This leads to confusion.

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