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After years of CFIB advocacy, The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) was signed July 1, 2017, by all provinces, territories and the federal government. The CFTA replaced the dated and ineffective Agreement on Internal Trade. The purpose of the new agreement is to reduce and eliminate barriers to the free movement of people, goods, services and investments within the country.

How much progress has been made on internal trade?

  • July 1, 2022, marks the 5th anniversary of the CFTA. While some progress has been made under the agreement, there is much more to be done to make a difference for Canadian businesses and consumers. CFIB is holding governments to account to ensure progress continues.
  • Pictured: Laura Jones, CFIB’s Executive Vice-President presents Canada’s trade ministers the Golden Scissors Award for the signing of the new Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) in July 2017.
CFIB presents trade ministers with Golden Scissors Award

The State of Internal Trade:
Canada’s Interprovincial Cooperation Report Card - 2022

To mark the fifth anniversary of the Canada Free Trade Agreement, CFIB created a new report card to grade government progress on internal trade. The report grades governments in three areas:

  • exceptions to the CFTA
  • select barriers to internal trade
  • implementation status of reconciliation agreements

Cover of The State of Internal Trade: Canada’s Interprovincial Cooperation Report Card for 2022

Recent Media Releases

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Council of the Federation meeting is the perfect opportunity for bold and decisive action on internal trade

Provinces and Feds challenged to ensure Canadian Free Trade Agreement reduces red tape

Five priorities to achieve free trade success within Canada

CFIB celebrates new era of open trade among provinces

Golden Scissors award recognizes Alberta and Nova Scotia for innovative red tape reduction

Breaking Down Barriers

Progress on Labour Mobility

Alberta government awarded Golden Scissors for Bill 49 – The Labour Mobility Act. The new legislation

  • Makes it easier to recognize out of province certification for over 100 professional occupations
  • Legislates a timeline of 20 days for registration decisions
  • First of its kind in Canada
Alberta CFIB Golden Scissors

About CFIB

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the country’s champion of small business. With over 95,000 members, we’re Canada’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating and supporting an environment where your business can succeed.

Across Canada, we advocate for small business with politicians and decision-makers. As a non-partisan organization, we influence public policy based on our members’ views, ensuring that you have a chance to affect the laws and policies that affect your business.