Marketplace framework policy

The marketplace framework is the legal and regulatory environment within which business and consumers must function. Effective marketplace framework policies ensure that Canada's marketplace is structured to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and competitiveness, while protecting the interest of Canadian citizens.

The marketplace framework encompasses the following policy areas:

For information about the international dimensions of marketplace framework policies on intellectual property, see International intellectual property policy.

The Marketplace Framework Policy Branch undertakes research and consults with stakeholders, monitors domestic and international developments, develops specific policy proposals and legislative initiatives, and facilitates the legislative process. The Branch also works to enhance public and private stakeholders' understanding, advises Government of Canada officials, and participates in international discussions and negotiations on related issues.

Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

On May 16, 2017, Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA) and its Member States, received Royal Assent. The Intellectual Property chapter of CETA requires Canada to make changes to the Canadian pharmaceutical regime. The first is to implement an additional period of protection for pharmaceutical products, which will be done through a certificate of supplementary protection. The second change is to ensure that all parties in pharmaceutical patent litigation have equivalent and effective appeal rights. Bill C-30 also repeals section 29 of the Patent Act, a provision that was previously repealed by the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2 but had yet to be brought into force.

To fully implement these commitments, the following regulations have been made. The text of these regulations is provided below for information only. The official versions are those that are published by the Department of Justice. In addition, the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statements that will accompany the publication of these regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II are also provided


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