Economic Development Minister Ranj Pillai chaired the annual meeting of the Committee on Internal Trade today in Toronto. Federal, provincial and territorial Ministers and their delegates gathered from across the country to discuss crucial topics on domestic trade.
The Committee advanced a number of key items, including the negotiations on trade in non-medical cannabis and financial services, as well as a path forward on supporting the food sector in the territories. Ministers also shared and discussed updates related to federal initiatives, labour mobility and the work of the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table.
As part of his reflections on the progress made since the signing of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement in 2017, Minister Pillai announced the removal of five of the Yukon’s party-specific exceptions. A technical review identified these exceptions as having no real impact, and their removal from the agreement helps the ongoing efforts to reduce red tape for businesses operating in the territory.
This meeting was the first in-person session of the Committee since 2019.