Harper Government delivers on commitment to develop Internal Trade Barriers Index
December 12, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
Barriers that restrict trade between provinces and territories harm Canada's national economy and hurt businesses, workers and consumers.
To continue the push to break down barriers to internal trade, the Harper Government committed to developing an Internal Trade Barriers Index to identify priority areas for action. Today, Industry Minister James Moore announced that Ernst & Young has been awarded the contract to develop this index, delivering on the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2014 commitment.
The index will play a key role in identifying measures that currently restrict trade within Canada. It will also provide a clear understanding of areas where governments, business and organizations should focus reforms and policy efforts to make it easier for goods to flow across Canada.
During the development of the Internal Trade Barriers Index, Ernst & Young will engage businesses and consumers on significant barriers and their economic impact. The index is another important step the Harper Government is taking to modernize internal trade and free Canadian businesses, workers and consumers from the barriers that limit their success, movement and choice.
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Office of the Minister of Industry