Negotiating and Implementing International Labour Cooperation Agreements

Through the development and implementation of trade-related Labour Cooperation Agreements (LCAs) and Labour Chapters of Free Trade Agreements (LCFTAs), Canada aims to address the labour dimensions of economic integration and to promote respect for fundamental labour principles and rights.

These Agreements are negotiated in parallel to Free Trade Agreements, and 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 effectively enforce their own labour legislation, cooperate on labour matters, and promote certain key labour principles.

Labour Cooperation Agreements

Labour Chapters of Free Trade Agreements

The Labour Program also negotiates and implements a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) which seek to facilitate cooperation with key partner countries that are not free trade partners in the area of labour.

Memoranda of Understanding

In addition to implementing these existing agreements, chapters and MOUs, the Labour Program works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development 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 to be followed 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

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