Woods LaFortune Submission in the SIMA Review

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

The Department of Finance is currently conducting a review of the Special Import Measures Act (“SIMA”), the basis of Canada’s anti-dumping and countervailing duty system, and issued an Invitation to Interested Parties to submit their views on a “focused set of potential changes.” Although the SIMA review is intended to take all stakeholder interests into consideration, the issues raised in the Invitation focus on increased protection for domestic producers. For example, the Department has...

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SIMA Review? Maybe we can get the Right Balance This Time.

Posted by on May 30, 2016

The Department of Finance is seeking input on a “focused set of potential changes” to the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA)[1]. The potential changes would be made in three areas – calculation of normal values, enforcement and evidentiary standards – and would be considered from the perspective of: whether the system protects domestic producers from unfairly traded imports; whether the resulting changes would be transparent and could be effectively administered; whether the resulting changes...

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NAFTA Chapter 11 Investment Provisions Overview

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014

NAFTA Chapter 11 Investment Provisions...

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Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Part I: The Sleeping Giant – A Big Asia Pacific Move Forward for Canada

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014

Introduction On September 22, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and South Korean President Park Geun-hye signed the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement [“CKFTA” or “Agreement”].   For Korea, this was the latest in a series of FTAs concluded with major economies, including one with the European Union [“KOREU”], the United States [“KORUS”], and Australia [“KAFTA”]. For Canada, it marked the winding up of two big negotiations with major economies, the other being the Canada and European...

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ALENA Chapitre 11 – NAFTA Chapter 11

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014

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Exporting to Canada:Where Do We Begin – Webinar Slides

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014

The Webinar entitled “Exporting to Canada: Where Do We Begin”, a joint effort between Woods, LaFortune LLP, the U.S. Commercial Service in Ottawa and Shane Brown of Thompson Ahern International, was held on November 12, 2014. The presentation provided new exporters information on a number of topics that should be considered when beginning to export such as: the Canadian Market; Shipping; IP Protection and Export Plans. The full presentation materials are available here –Exporting...

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Government Procurement and CITT Bid Challenges – A Brief Guide

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014

*By Gordon LaFortune – Managing Partner at Woods, LaFortune LLP The Government of Canada is a major purchaser of goods and services. In 2012, the last year for which full year data is available, the Federal Government purchased approximately $15 billion worth of goods and services through 386,601 contracts. By any measure, the Government of Canada is potentially an important customer that can make a real difference to a seller’s bottom line. Procurements by...

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Amendments to Investment Canada Act – Impact on SOEs

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

Amendments to the Investment Canada Act: A More Restrictive Approach to Foreign State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) Investment in Canada   Click on the following link for the full article – Amendments to the Investment Canada Act – Impact on...

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New Aboriginal Law: what it means for your business

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014

The Canadian business community has been handed new challenges and, more importantly, new opportunities as a result of two recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada. First Nations, governments and the private sector face a number of new realities, opportunities and challenges for conducting business on Aboriginal title land and Treaty territory in Canada. This major shift will require new, creative and flexible approaches on all sides, to ensure that Canada continues to...

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