Canada Free Trade Agreement now in force; Alberta’s labour mobility obligations remain unchanged

Ms Kathleen Morrow (Director, Domestic and International Labour Mobility) has written to the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists to inform the Members that a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into effect on July 1, 2017. The objective of the CFTA is to reduce and eliminate, to the extent possible, barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services, and investments within Canada and to establish an open efficient, and stable domestic market.

Alberta’s labour mobility obligations under the CFTA will remain the same as they were under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), according to Ms Morrow: “We do not anticipate any impact on the work that you are already doing to recognize the certification of out-of-province applicants. The CFTA’s labour mobility obligations are the same as those in the AIT.”

The Domestic and International Labour Mobility  Unit within the Ministry of Labour oversees Alberta’s implementation of Chapter 7 (Labour Mobility) of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).  This Unit also represents Alberta on the pan-Canadian Labour Mobility Group, under the Forum of Labour Market Ministers, to implement Chapter 7.

Full details of the announcement, including the news release and background information, are available on the CFTA website HERE.

Published by ASPB Communications