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Canadian Free Trade Agreement: Labour Mobility

The Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) entered into force on July 1, 2017. It replaces the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) signed in 1994. The CFTA was signed by all provincial and territorial governments as well as the federal government.

The new agreement updates the rules on public procurement, giving Canadian businesses greater access to public contracts offered by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. The CFTA reaffirms the following AIT objective: eliminating barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada.

The labour mobility provisions adopted in 2009 and included in the AIT have been maintained. These provisions (Chapter 7 of the CFTA) allow workers in a regulated profession or trade to have their qualifications recognized and thereby be able to work anywhere in Canada, without any requirement for any material additional training, experience, examinations or assessments as part of their request for certification on a permit-on-permit basis.

The Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM)Link to external site., in which the Québec Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale is an active participant, is responsible for the implementation, administration and assessment of Chapter 7 of the CFTA. You will find further information on the FLMM’s work regarding labour mobility at websiteLink to external site..

To learn more about labour mobility under the CFTA, contact the labour mobility coordinator at the Direction des relations intergouvernementalesEnvoyer un courriel..

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