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2019

  • The Canadian Services Coalition participated in the Global Affairs Canada consultation on the World Trade Organization E-Commerce negotiations. The CSC’s submission outlined a number of priorities related to the customs moratorium, digital trade, and trade facilitation. The CSC underscored the importance of the negotiated outcome maintaining a high level of ambition and being subject to binding dispute settlement. Read the submission here.

  • The Canadian Services Coalition joined with its Global Services Coalition members to call for an ambitious outcome to the WTO e-commerce discussions and make tangible progress by the time of the next WTO Ministerial Meeting. The letter calls for the WTO discussions to cover a range of areas including both digital trade and trade facilitation. The letter can be found online here.

  • The Canadian Services Coalition joined with counterpart associations from around the world to welcome the announcement of intent to launch multilateral e-commerce discussions on the margins of the World Economic Forum. This discussions will build on the progress started at the WTO Buenos Aires Ministerial meeting and support the growth of digitally-enabled trade. The statement can be found online here.

 

2018

  • The Canadian Services Coalition was a signatory to a letter with Global Services Coalition members to voice concern with proposed data localization provisions being put forth by the Indian government. The letter notes that data localization requirements should be limited to legitimate public policy objectives and be done in a non-discriminatory manner. The letter can be found here.

  • The Canadian Services Coalition participated in the World Trade Organization’s annual Public Forum as part of the Global Services Coalition. The delegation met with key missions in Geneva to discuss the current state of WTO reform and the ongoing e-commerce discussions. The CSC also joined the Global Services Coalition statement highlighting the vital importance of the WTO rules and dispute settlement to promoting the growth in trade and services.

  • Members of the Canadian Services Coalition participated in the Services Summit hosted by the U.S. Coalition of Services Industries. The Summit focused heavily on the state of U.S. trade policy, and ongoing discussions to further advance digital trade issues. On the margins of the Summit, CSC members met with U.S. business associations, Congressional staffers, and representatives of the Canadian government.

  • The Canadian Services Coalition was a signatory to the April 2018 Global Services Coalition (GSC) recommendations to the European Commission on their proposal for data flows in free trade agreements. In these recommendations, the GSC supported the initiative to include language in free trade agreements which would facilitate digital trade in services. However, the Global Services Coalition is concerned about the EU approach to exemptions which would provide too broad an ability for countries to derogate themselves from these trade commitments without adequate justification or recourse to appeal. The recommendations can be found here.

  • The Canadian Services Coalition welcomed the additional funding announced in Budget 2018 to enable Statistics Canada to have better data on trade in international services. This delivers on a Canadian Services Coalition priority, and the Coalition is now working with Statistics Canada to effectively implement this additional funding. This data will improve how Canada approaches services negotiations in trade agreements, provide higher quality data to businesses, and facilitate a better understanding of the digital economy.

2017

  • The Canadian Services Coalition (CSC) was a signatory to the Global Services Coalition (GSC) Statement of Dec. 12,2017 recognizing the on Importance of World Trade Organization (WTO) maintaining a positive way forward on services and digital trade at the eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11), Buenos Aires, Argentina .  In doing so, GSC members encouraged WTO members to display flexibility and creativity in finding pathways to progress issues encompassing plurilateral as well as multilateral approaches. The GSC called on WTO members to reaffirm their commitment to a rules-based multilateral system and produce visible signs of progress for building a future agenda. The statement can be found here.

  • The Asia Pacific Economic Co-Operation (APEC) held the region’s first Asia Pacific Digital Technology Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, on Oct 2-3, 2017, hosted by the Malaysian Services Providers Confederation, which also featured an APEC Public Private Dialogue on “New Technologies and the APEC Services Competitiveness”. The Asia-Pacific Services Coalition (APSC), of which the Canadian Services Coalition (CSC) is a member, issued a press release calling for intensified APEC action to sustain momentum towards a more competitive regional services economy on the first anniversary of APEC leaders adopting the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap and its implementation plan. Michael Landry, CSC’s Vice Chair commented “New technologies are impacting on regional trade and investment - APEC needs to grasp the opportunities and take action that helps trade to flourish.”  The release can be found here.

  • The CSC responded to the Government of Canada’s public consultation on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Our submission focusses on the following areas: ecommerce, labour mobility, regulatory coordination, intellectual property, and infrastructure. The services sector represents over 70% of the Canadian economy, employs four in five working Canadians, and is responsible for 90% of new job creation. Since 2014, nearly 250,000 new Canadian jobs were created in the sector. Services jobs are traditionally high-level, high value-added and among the highest paying in Canada. Over the past decade, three out of the five fastest-growing Canadian export sectors were financial services, computer services and management services. The CSC submission can be found here.

  • The CSC participated in the preparation of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce comments to Global Affairs Canada. Since NAFTA came into force, Canada’s trade with the U.S. has risen by 254% while trade with Mexico has grown by 900%. As Canada approaches the renegotiation of this critical agreement, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce believes there are opportunities to modernize it and seek the maximum benefits in a new NAFTA. The Chamber’s paper outlines Canada’s objectives and comments on the United States’ likely interests. The Chamber’s submission can be found here. For more information on the CSC and Canadian Chamber’s submissions, please contact Adriana Vega at avega@chamber.ca

  • The CSC participated in the annual Global Services Summit in Washington D.C., October 17.  The Summit, which is hosted by the U.S. Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) brings together more than 300 key senior trade officials, policy makers, and business leaders from around the world to discuss current international trade issues, with specific interest in services.  The Summit’s theme this year was “Charting the Course for Growth”.  In advance of the Summit, the GSC released the following statements, on trade and investment, which can be here and the future of digital trade, which can be found here.

  • When in Washington the CSC met with key stakeholders with specific focus on services, including members of the of the 30 member Global Services Coalition and teamed up with the Chamber’s International Affairs Committee in meetings with congressional representatives and staffers, the Canadian Embassy, the Wilson Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

  • CSC Counsel and Bennett Jones partner, Matthew Kronby posted a blog along with Bennett Jones partner Milos Barutciski, “Trump, Canada and the Future of NAFTA: Some FAQs”. The January 12, blog can be here


2016

  • The Canadian Services Coalition (CSC) joined the members of the Global Services Coalition in a statement calling for TiSA Ambassadors to preserve progress of negotiations as the agreement’s expected conclusion in 2016 is deferred.

  • The CSC submitted comments to the Department of Finance’s review of Canada’s federal financial sector legislative and regulatory framework. This consultation is particularly timely given the magnitude and pace of change impacting the sector.  The CSC expressed hope that the current review will provide an opportunity to reinforce the sector’s stability, efficiency and utility through a legislative and regulatory policy framework that is enhanced to accommodate a more direct process for facilitating consistency in the recognition of comparable regulatory approaches and greater co-operation across borders. The CSC’s letter can be found here.

  • The CSC, a member of the Asian Pacific Services Coalition, participated in a November 20, 2016 media release strongly supporting APEC in the release of its Services Competitiveness Roadmap and its Roadmap Implementation Plan at the APEC Leaders Meeting in Lima, Peru. The release can be found here.

  • The CSC participated in the annual U.S. Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) hosts the Global Services Summit in Washington D.C., a one day event which brings together more than 300 key senior trade officials, policy makers, and business leaders from around the world to discuss current international trade issues, with specific interest in services. Information on the summit can be found here.

  • At the Global Services Summit, the CSC joined the Global Services Coalition (GSC) in a statement urging TiSA Trade Ministers to push high standard outcome. The GSC supports the intensification of efforts to complete the negotiations and expects a high-standard agreement that strengthens disciplines and yields new market access commitments on a wide range of commercially meaningful sectors. The statement can be found here.

  • The CSC joined Global Services Coalition (GSC) in a statement calling for strong and clear Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) provisions on Data Localization, as businesses around the world compete in the global market, the free flow of data across borders has become the life blood of trade. The statement also recognizes that data-security and appropriate and effective protection of personal data are essential and can be assured through compliance with applicable privacy and security regulations. The statement can be found here.

  • The CSC joined the European Services Forum (ESF) in a joint statement calling for prompt implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU). Trade in Services represents more than 28% of total trade between Canada and the EU and CETA is the best trade and investment agreement concluded so far between the EU and Canada. The statement can be found here.

  • The CSC sent a letter, signed by Chris Donnelly, CSC Chair and Manulife VP and Counsel, Regulatory and Public Affairs, to The Hon. Mark Eyking, Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade. In this letter, the CSC highlights the importance of trade in services to the Canadian economy and makes the case of the potential benefits of ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The letter can be found here.

  • The CSC participated in the Global Services Coalition (GSC) annual mission to Geneva which took place in parallel to the 19th round of negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)*. The GSC represents the services industry from major economies and is the main conduit for private sector input to the WTO members involved in the agreement. The purpose of TiSA is to further drive liberalization of trade in services. You can find the GSC’s statement on TiSA here.

    *The TiSA negotiations involve 23 World Trade Organization (WTO) members, representing ¾ of global trade in services. Participation of the Canadian Services Coalition in the Global Services mission provides an excellent opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading private sector trade experts from the US, EU, UK, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Colombia and others.

  • Chris Donnelly, CSC Chair participated on a panel entitled “What is Coming Down the Wire” at the Canadian Chamber’s International Trade day, “Trading at the Speed of Light” in Ottawa on May 19th.

  • On May 18th the CSC met with the Director of Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) Services Trade Division to discuss TiSA negotiations. CSC also met with GAC’s Chief Economist and Statistic Canada’s Director General, Industry Statistics Branch and the Director of Retail and Service Industries Division to discuss how to improve Canadian services metrics.

  • CSC is collaborating with the European Services Forum (ESF) to highlight the benefits of CETA to EU member countries. 

  • CSC joined GSC as members of the Asia Pacific Services Coalition in support of APEC in developing a strategic Services Competitiveness Roadmap, critical to the future growth of all APEC economies. The launch of a new Pacific Services Coalition featured a dialogue with APEC Senior Officials (SOM) and APEC Structural Reform Ministers. The letter can be found here.

  • CSC joined Global Services Coalition in a statement on April 14th regarding the 17th TiSA negotiating round, calling on the negotiators to intensify efforts on the agreement. The statement can be found here.   

  • The CSC hosted chief TPP negotiator Kirsten Hillman at Bennett Jones offices in Toronto, January 14th, as part of the Government of Canada’s consultation on TPP. Matthew Kronby, CSC Counsel and partner in Bennett Jones trade practice, provided a briefing on the key services elements of the TPP. Global Affairs Canada has created a TPP page on its website, which you can find here.

  • CSC members have been featured in the media:
    • Embassy Magazine quoted CSC Vice Chair Michael Landry on the impacts of CETA for Canada’s service sector.
    • The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by CSC Counsel Matthew Kronby on why Canada must sign the TPP. The article can be found here.

  • Our work plan for 2016 reflects member input. We will also work to fulfill objectives presented in the work plan, including: 
    • Building awareness of the importance of services to the Canadian economy with the new Canadian government and associated stakeholders, and of the CSC as the premier organization in Canada for services related activities and information.
    • Supporting the liberalization of services markets internationally, through the removal of trade and investment barriers that impede the growth of the Canadian services sector primarily through bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations and agreements.  
    • Advocating for improvement of services metrics and developing a report card that measures progress on an industry driven list of metrics.  
    • Pursuing new initiatives such as advocating removal of duplicative or overlapping regulation resulting from the financial crisis.