Trade Policy & Regulations


There are numerous international polices and regulations impacting the way business is done in Canada importing and exporting goods and services. It is critical that these be monitored on a regular basis and all measures taken to ensure maximum regulatory alignment with other countries, especially the United States. This will help safeguard the manufacturing base in Canada and help sustain continued domestic and foreign investment in Canada. These efforts focus on USMCA, ongoing Canada-US regulatory alignment, trade agreements with other countries such as the EU, impacts of increasing consolidation, and a range of manufacturing challenges for our members operating in Canada.

Paint and coatings is one of the most highly regulated industries in Canada, subject to numerous acts and thousands of regulations

Trade Policy & Regulations

Issues Tracking, Regulatory Updates & Canada Coatings HUB Resources

Issue Overview

One only has to consider the recent United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations between Canada and the United States to understand the importance of trade policy between the largest two trading partners in the world. What is often overlooked is the fact that 40 U.S. States have Canada is its number one trading partner: not China, not the EU. All know that about 75 percent of Canada’s trade is with the U.S. Both have a vested interest in ensuring that trade flows continue and where possible facilitated for the maximum benefit of both countries. The recently renewed Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) seeking to increase regulatory alignment can be a helpful forum in this regard. CPCA keeps its finger on the trade policy pulse to ensure we can be proactive and get out ahead of potential impacts when and as required. We do this by working closely with the American Coatings Association to ensure trade facilitation is paramount for the coatings industry. For other countries CPCA works through the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC), which covers all the major industrialized countries in the world. IPPIC is active throughout the year on a number of common issues and meets regularly and once a year in face-to-face meetings. There are many active files covered in the CoatingsHUB, some hotter than others and some requiring more attention than others.

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