It is easy for Canadians to travel across provincial and territorial borders, but that is not the case with many goods and workers. Different rules, requirements and certifications between provinces and territories mean that, for example, a crane operator trained in one province or territory may not be qualified to work in another. These different rules can also make it easier for Canadians to buy a bottle of wine from France than wine produced within Canada.
Sometimes, these different regulations are required. But other times, they cause technical barriers to trade (TBT) that create red tape for businesses without any tangible benefits. Unnecessary internal trade barriers hurt Canada’s economy and put Canadian companies at a disadvantage. For consumers, these barriers often lead to higher costs and less choice.
That is why the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is working with industry and governments to support the implementation of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. By supporting regulatory reconciliation—the process of aligning regulations across the country—through standards alignment, SCC is helping to make Canadian companies more competitive, increase opportunities for Canadian workers and provide better prices for Canadians.
Making it Easier to do Business in Canada
SCC is helping to break down internal trade barriers by supporting the alignment of standards in federal, provincial, and territorial regulations. Through the leadership of SCC’s Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee, SCC will support governments across Canada in identifying and prioritizing sectors in which standards alignment can assist regulatory reconciliation to the benefit of Canadians. Helping to achieve the goal of having one standard and one test across Canada will move us toward freer trade in Canada. It will result in a healthier, sustainable, and more competitive nation in the years to come.