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April 2017

First Impressions Community Exchange

What is a First Impressions Community Exchange?

The First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE) provides an opportunity for communities to gain a fresh perspective on how they are seen through the eyes of first-time visitors. The program provides a structured opportunity for communities to learn about the first impressions they convey to visitors.

Volunteer teams from partnered exchange communities each conduct an unannouncecd visit and record their observations on a variety of topics such as community entrances, downtown amenities, services available in the community, and tourist attractions. The observations from the visit serve as the basis of a report back to that community. The report can assist decision makers with economic development planning.

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To review our report, done by members of the Pembroke community, see the downloadable file below

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Canadian Free Trade Agreement

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

2017 Federal Budget


Canadian Free Trade Agreement


The federal, provincial and territorial governments formally released the details surrounding the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). The announcement aligns with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) continued advocacy for the removal of inter-provincial trade barriers to further enhance Ontario’s competitiveness. Inter-provincial trade makes up one-fifth of Canada’s GDP, a total of $385 billion.

Background on CFTA

In December 2014 a comprehensive renewal of the 1995 Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) was launched with the aim of modernizing and strengthening Canada’s internal regulatory trade framework. In the summer of 2016, under the direction of Canada’s premiers and the federal government, an agreement in principle was reached on the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). Today the details of that agreement were released with the CFTA to enter effect July 1, 2017 replacing the previous AIT.

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Our Position

Ontario’s ability to trade with other provinces has historically been hindered by complex regulatory obstacles. The OCC has long advocated to ensure greater policy harmonization and cooperation in all areas of intergovernmental relations, specifically identifying the need for the removal of interprovincial trade barriers. In advance of the 2015 federal election, the OCC further championed the need to eliminate restrictions on internal trade and labour mobility within Canada. Today’s announcement of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) demonstrates significant progress towards the goal of removing restrictive barriers, and will serve to strengthen Ontario’s competitiveness while better enabling all Canadian businesses to grow.

Key Details of the Announcement


Comprehensive free trade rules

The CFTA replaces the existing AIT and will employ a “negative-list” approach, covering nearly all sectors of the economy. CFTA’s rules will automatically apply to almost all areas of economic activity in Canada, with any exceptions being clearly identified, meaning the default status of intra-provincial trade is “free”


Government procurement that is more open to Canadian business

The CFTA will implement a single electronic portal, which will make it easier for Canadian businesses, especially small and medium-sized companies, to find procurement opportunities across the country.


Alignment with international obligations

The CFTA will better align with Canada’s commitments under international trade agreements such as the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which will reduce compliance costs for Canadian firms.


Resolving regulatory barriers

The CFTA will establish a regulatory reconciliation process to address regulatory differences across jurisdictions that act as a barrier to trade. The CFTA will also introduce a mechanism to promote regulatory cooperation, which will equip governments with the ability to develop common regulatory approaches for emerging sectors.


Next Steps: Enhancing interprovincial trade in the future

The CFTA creates several forward-looking processes and working groups to help strengthen Canada’s economic union into the future. This includes a commitment to establish a working group to evaluate options for liberalizing trade in alcohol, allows for future negotiations on the financial services sector, and includes a commitment to enhance the territorial food sector.


Questions or comments?
Contact Karl Baldauf, Vice President of Policy & Government Relations.

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See the full copy of the CFTA

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