Terms of Reference - North American Free Trade Agreement Council

Backgrounder

Areas of Responsibility

Serving as a participant on the North American Free Trade Agreement Council (the “Council”), you will be expected to draw on your personal and professional background to provide opinion and feedback on the Government of Canada’s upcoming negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). 

Objectives of Work

As a Council participant, you will be expected to provide your unfiltered opinion to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for her consideration in advance of and during the course of negotiations with NAFTA partners Mexico and the United States, based on your expertise and experience.  This feedback, which may from time-to-time be provided directly to the Minister as well as during meetings and conference calls with the other participants, will ensure that the Minister and Canada’s negotiating team are able to avail themselves of a broad range of perspectives from across Canada.

Time Frame

The timeframe for undertaking this work will be one year, subject to change based on the status of the negotiating process.

Resource Requirements

Neither Council participants nor any of their personnel is engaged by this agreement as an employee, servant or agent of Her Majesty. To the extent applicable, the Council participants agree to be solely responsible for any and all statutory payments and/or deductions that may be required.

No compensation will be paid and the only consideration for services rendered will be reimbursement for pre-approved travel, accommodations and incidental expenses that are incurred in fulfilling this agreement. These expenses will be reimbursed to you in accordance with the rates and conditions that are specified in the Special Travel Authorities, up to a maximum of $10,000.00 (including applicable taxes) and upon presentation of actual receipts as required. Please visit the Travel Directive for further information.


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