Negotiating and implementing international trade-related labour agreements

Canada aims to address the labour dimensions of economic integration and to promote respect for fundamental labour principles and rights through the development and implementation of:

These agreements and chapters seek to improve working conditions and living standards in the signatory countries, and to protect and enhance basic workers' rights. Under these Agreements, participating countries commit to:

Labour Cooperation Agreements

Labour chapters of free trade agreements

In addition to implementing these existing agreements and chapters, the Labour Program works closely with Global Affairs Canada on other ongoing free trade agreement negotiations.

Guidelines for filing public communications

Each of Canada's LCAs and LCFTAs allow for complaints - technically known as “public communications” – to be submitted to signatory countries.

These guidelines describe the procedures and criteria required by the Canadian National Administrative Office for the submission, acceptance and review of public communications on labour law matters pertaining to the LCAs or the LCFTAs.

These guidelines apply to all past, present and future LCAs and LCFTAs but do not apply to any MOUs.

Guidelines for filing public communications

Guidelines for Denial of Rights claims under the Canada-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labour Mechanism

These guidelines describe the procedures and criteria required by the Canadian National Administrative Office. These guidelines apply to the submission, acceptance and initial review of claims with respect to an alleged Denial of Rights under the Canada-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labour Mechanism. The latter is set out in Annex 31-B of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement.

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Guidelines for Denial of Rights claims under the Canada-Mexico Rapid Response Labour Mechanism

Online form to report labour issues related to the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

To provide confidential information about labour issues in CUSMA partner countries, please complete this online form.

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