NORTH AMERICAN AGREEMENT ON LABOR COOPERATION
BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES
The Government of the United States of America, the Government of Canada and the Government of the United Mexican States:
RECALLING their resolve in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to:
AFFIRMING their continuing respect for each Party's constitution and law;
DESIRING to build on their respective international commitments and to strengthen their cooperation on labor matters;
RECOGNIZING that their mutual prosperity depends on the promotion of competition based on innovation and rising levels of productivity and quality;
SEEKING to complement the economic opportunities created by the NAFTA with the human resource development, labor-management cooperation and continuous learning that characterize high-productivity economies;
ACKNOWLEDGING that protecting basic workers' rights will encourage firms to adopt high-productivity competitive strategies;
RESOLVED to promote, in accordance with their respective
laws, high-skill, high-productivity economic development in North
BUILDING on existing institutions and mechanisms in Canada, Mexico and the United States to achieve the preceding economic and social goals; and
CONVINCED of the benefits to be gained from further cooperation between them on labor matters;
HAVE AGREED as follows:
Article 1: Objectives
Article 2: Levels of Protection
Affirming full respect for each Party's constitution, and recognizing the right of each Party to establish its own domestic labor standards, and to adopt or modify accordingly its labor laws and regulations, each Party shall ensure that its labor laws and regulations provide for high labor standards, consistent with high quality and productivity workplaces, and shall continue to strive to improve those standards in that light.
Article 3: Government Enforcement Action
1. Each Party shall promote compliance with and effectively enforce
its labor law through appropriate government action, subject to
Article 42, such as:
2. Each Party shall ensure that its competent authorities give due consideration in accordance with its law to any request by an employer, employee or their representatives, or other interested person, for an investigation of an alleged violation of the Party's labor law.
Article 4: Private Action
1. Each Party shall ensure that persons with a legally recognized interest under its law in a particular matter have appropriate access to administrative, quasi-judicial, judicial or labor tribunals for the enforcement of the Party's labor law.
2. Each Party's law shall ensure that such persons may have recourse
to, as appropriate, procedures by which rights arising under:
Article 5: Procedural Guarantees
1. Each Party shall ensure that its administrative, quasi-judicial,
judicial and labor tribunal proceedings for the enforcement of
its labor law are fair, equitable and transparent and, to this
end, each Party shall provide that:
2. Each Party shall provide that final decisions on the merits
of the case in such proceedings are:
3. Each Party shall provide, as appropriate, that parties to such proceedings have the right, in accordance with its law, to seek review and, where warranted, correction of final decisions issued in such proceedings.
4. Each Party shall ensure that tribunals that conduct or review such proceedings are impartial and independent and do not have any substantial interest in the outcome of the matter.
5. Each Party shall provide that the parties to administrative, quasi-judicial, judicial or labor tribunal proceedings may seek remedies to ensure the enforcement of their labor rights. Such remedies may include, as appropriate, orders, compliance agreements, fines, penalties, imprisonment, injunctions or emergency workplace closures.
6. Each Party may, as appropriate, adopt or maintain labor defense offices to represent or advise workers or their organizations.
7. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to require a Party to establish, or to prevent a Party from establishing, a judicial system for the enforcement of its labor law distinct from its system for the enforcement of laws in general.
8. For greater certainty, decisions by each Party's administrative, quasi-judicial, judicial or labor tribunals, or pending decisions, as well as related proceedings shall not be subject to revision or reopened under the provisions of this Agreement.
Article 6: Publication
1. Each Party shall ensure that its laws, regulations, procedures and administrative rulings of general application respecting any matter covered by this Agreement are promptly published or otherwise made available in such a manner as to enable interested persons and Parties to become acquainted with them.
2. When so established by its law, each Party shall:
Article 7: Public Information and Awareness
Article 8: The Commission
1. The Parties hereby establish the Commission for Labor Cooperation.
2. The Commission shall comprise a ministerial Council and a Secretariat. The Commission shall be assisted by the National Administrative Office of each Party.
Section A: The Council
Article 9: Council Structure and Procedures
1. The Council shall comprise labor ministers of the Parties or their designees.
2. The Council shall establish its rules and procedures.
3. The Council shall convene:
Regular sessions shall be chaired successively by each Party.
4. The Council may hold public sessions to report on appropriate matters.
5. The Council may:
6. All decisions and recommendations of the Council shall be taken by consensus, except as the Council may otherwise decide or as otherwise provided in this Agreement.
Article 10: Council Functions
1. The Council shall be the governing body of the Commission and
2. The Council may consider any other matter within the scope of this Agreement and take such other action in the exercise of its functions as the Parties may agree.
Article 11: Cooperative Activities
1. The Council shall promote cooperative activities between the
Parties, as appropriate, regarding:
2. In carrying out the activities referred to in paragraph 1,
the Parties may, commensurate with the availability of resources
in each Party, cooperate through:
3. The Parties shall carry out the cooperative activities referred to in paragraph 1 with due regard for the economic, social, cultural and legislative differences between them.
Section B: The Secretariat
Article 12: Secretariat Structure and Procedures
1. The Secretariat shall be headed by an Executive Director, who shall be chosen by the Council for a three-year term, which may be renewed by the Council for one additional three-year term. The position of Executive Director shall rotate consecutively between nationals of each Party. The Council may remove the Executive Director solely for cause.
2. The Executive Director shall appoint and supervise the staff
of the Secretariat, regulate their powers and duties and fix their
remuneration in accordance with general standards to be established
by the Council. The general standards shall provide that:
3. The number of staff positions shall initially be set at 15 and may be changed thereafter by the Council.
4. The Council may decide, by a two-thirds vote, to reject any appointment that does not meet the general standards. Any such decision shall be made and held in confidence.
5. In the performance of their duties, the Executive Director and the staff shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or any other authority external to the Council. Each Party shall respect the international character of the responsibilities of the Executive Director and the staff and shall not seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.
6. The Secretariat shall safeguard:
7. The Secretariat shall act under the direction of the Council in accordance with Article 10(1)(b).
Article 13: Secretariat Functions
1. The Secretariat shall assist the Council in exercising its functions and shall provide such other support as the Council may direct.
2. The Executive Director shall submit for the approval of the Council the annual plan of activities and budget for the Commission, including provision for contingencies and proposed cooperative activities.
3. The Secretariat shall report to the Council annually on its activities and expenditures.
4. The Secretariat shall periodically publish a list of matters resolved under Part Four or referred to Evaluation Committees of Experts.
Article 14: Secretariat Reports and Studies
1. The Secretariat shall periodically prepare background reports
setting out publicly available information supplied by each Party
2. The Secretariat shall prepare a study on any matter as the
Council may request. The Secretariat shall prepare any such study
in accordance with terms of reference established by the Council,
3. The Secretariat shall submit a draft of any report or study that it prepares pursuant to paragraph 1 or 2 to the Council. If the Council considers that a report or study is materially inaccurate or otherwise deficient, the Council may remand it to the Secretariat for reconsideration or other disposition.
4. Secretariat reports and studies shall be made public 45 days after their approval by the Council, unless the Council otherwise decides.
Section C: National Administrative Offices
Article 15: National Administrative Office Structure
1. Each Party shall establish a National Administrative Office (NAO) at the federal government level and notify the Secretariat and the other Parties of its location.
2. Each Party shall designate a Secretary for its NAO, who shall be responsible for its administration and management.
3. Each Party shall be responsible for the operation and costs of its NAO.
Article 16: NAO Functions
1. Each NAO shall serve as a point of contact with:
2. Each NAO shall promptly provide publicly available information
3. Each NAO shall provide for the submission and receipt, and periodically publish a list, of public communications on labor law matters arising in the territory of another Party. Each NAO shall review such matters, as appropriate, in accordance with domestic procedures.
Section D: National Committees
Article 17: National Advisory Committee
Each Party may convene a national advisory committee, comprising members of its public, including representatives of its labor and business organizations and other persons, to advise it on the implementation and further elaboration of this Agreement.
Article 18: Governmental Committee
Each Party may convene a governmental committee, which may comprise or include representatives of federal and state or provincial governments, to advise it on the implementation and further elaboration of this Agreement.
Section E: Official Languages
Article 19: Official Languages
The official languages of the Commission shall be English, French and Spanish. The Council shall establish rules and procedures regarding interpretation and translation.
Article 20: Cooperation
The Parties shall at all times endeavor to agree on the interpretation and application of this Agreement, and shall make every attempt through cooperation and consultations to resolve any matter that might affect its operation.
Section A: Cooperative Consultations
Article 21: Consultations between NAOs
1. A NAO may request consultations, to be conducted in accordance with the procedures set out in paragraph 2, with another NAO in relation to the other Party's labor law, its administration, or labor market conditions in its territory. The requesting NAO shall notify the NAOs of the other Parties and the Secretariat of its request.
2. In such consultations, the requested NAO shall promptly provide
such publicly available data or information, including:
3. Any other NAO shall be entitled to participate in the consultations on notice to the other NAOs and the Secretariat.
Article 22: Ministerial Consultations
1. Any Party may request in writing consultations with another Party at the ministerial level regarding any matter within the scope of this Agreement. The requesting Party shall provide specific and sufficient information to allow the requested Party to respond.
2. The requesting Party shall promptly notify the other Parties of the request. A third Party that considers it has a substantial interest in the matter shall be entitled to participate in the consultations on notice to the other Parties.
3. The consulting Parties shall make every attempt to resolve the matter through consultations under this Article, including through the exchange of sufficient publicly available information to enable a full examination of the matter.
Section B: Evaluations
Article 23: Evaluation Committee of Experts
1. If a matter has not been resolved after ministerial consultations pursuant to Article 22, any consulting Party may request in writing the establishment of an Evaluation Committee of Experts (ECE). The requesting Party shall deliver the request to the other Parties and to the Secretariat. Subject to paragraphs 3 and 4, the Council shall establish an ECE on delivery of the request.
2. The ECE shall analyze, in the light of the objectives of this Agreement and in a non-adversarial manner, patterns of practice by each Party in the enforcement of its occupational safety and health or other technical labor standards as they apply to the particular matter considered by the Parties under Article 22.
3. No ECE may be convened if a Party obtains a ruling under Annex
23 that the matter:
4. No ECE may be convened regarding any matter that was previously the subject of an ECE report in the absence of such new information as would warrant a further report.
Article 24: Rules of Procedure
1. The Council shall establish rules of procedure for ECEs, which shall apply unless the Council otherwise decides. The rules of procedure shall provide that:
2. The Secretariat and the NAOs shall provide appropriate administrative assistance to an ECE, in accordance with the rules of procedure established by the Council under paragraph 1.
Article 25: Draft Evaluation Reports
1. Within 120 days after it is established, or such other period
as the Council may decide, the ECE shall present a draft report
for consideration by the Council, which shall contain:
2. Each Party may submit written views to the ECE on its draft report. The ECE shall take such views into account in preparing its final report.
Article 26: Final Evaluation Reports
1. The ECE shall present a final report to the Council within 60 days after presentation of the draft report, unless the Council otherwise decides.
2. The final report shall be published within 30 days after its presentation to the Council, unless the Council otherwise decides.
3. The Parties shall provide to each other and the Secretariat written responses to the recommendations contained in the ECE report within 90 days of its publication.
4. The final report and such written responses shall be tabled for consideration at the next regular session of the Council. The Council may keep the matter under review.
Article 27: Consultations
1. Following presentation to the Council under Article 26(1) of an ECE final report that addresses the enforcement of a Party's occupational safety and health, child labor or minimum wage technical labor standards, any Party may request in writing consultations with any other Party regarding whether there has been a persistent pattern of failure by that other Party to effectively enforce such standards in respect of the general subject matter addressed in the report.
2. The requesting Party shall deliver the request to the other Parties and to the Secretariat.
3. Unless the Council otherwise provides in its rules and procedures established under Article 9(2), a third Party that considers it has a substantial interest in the matter shall be entitled to participate in the consultations on delivery of written notice to the other Parties and to the Secretariat.
4. The consulting Parties shall make every attempt to arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution of the matter through consultations under this Article.
Article 28: Initiation of Procedures
1. If the consulting Parties fail to resolve the matter pursuant to Article 27 within 60 days of delivery of a request for consultations, or such other period as the consulting Parties may agree, any such Party may request in writing a special session of the Council.
2. The requesting Party shall state in the request the matter complained of and shall deliver the request to the other Parties and to the Secretariat.
3. Unless it decides otherwise, the Council shall convene within 20 days of delivery of the request and shall endeavor to resolve the dispute promptly.
4. The Council may:
5. Where the Council decides that a matter is more properly covered by another agreement or arrangement to which the consulting Parties are party, it shall refer the matter to those Parties for appropriate action in accordance with such other agreement or arrangement.
Article 29: Request for an Arbitral Panel
1. If the matter has not been resolved within 60 days after the
Council has convened pursuant to Article 28, the Council shall,
on the written request of any consulting Party and by a two-thirds
vote, convene an arbitral panel to consider the matter where the
alleged persistent pattern of failure by the Party complained
against to effectively enforce its occupational safety and health,
child labor or minimum wage technical labor standards is:
2. A third Party that considers it has a substantial interest in the matter shall be entitled to join as a complaining Party on delivery of written notice of its intention to participate to the disputing Parties and the Secretariat. The notice shall be delivered at the earliest possible time, and in any event no later than seven days after the date of the vote of the Council to convene a panel.
3. Unless otherwise agreed by the disputing Parties, the panel shall be established and perform its functions in a manner consistent with the provisions of this Part.
Article 30: Roster
1. The Council shall establish and maintain a roster of up to 45 individuals who are willing and able to serve as panelists. The roster members shall be appointed by consensus for terms of three years, and may be reappointed.
2. Roster members shall:
Article 31: Qualifications of Panelists
1. All panelists shall meet the qualifications set out in Article 30.
2. Individuals may not serve as panelists for a dispute where:
Article 32: Panel Selection
1. Where there are two disputing Parties, the following procedures
2. Where there are more than two disputing Parties, the following
procedures shall apply:
3. Panelists shall normally be selected from the roster. Any disputing
Party may exercise a peremptory challenge against any individual
not on the roster who is proposed as a panelist by a disputing
Party within 30 days after the individual has been proposed.
4. If a disputing Party believes that a panelist is in violation
of the code of conduct, the disputing Parties shall consult and,
if they agree, the panelist shall be removed and a new panelist
shall be selected in accordance with this Article.
Article 33: Rules of Procedure
1. The Council shall establish Model Rules of Procedure. The
procedures shall provide:
2. Unless the disputing Parties otherwise agree, panels convened under this Part shall be established and conduct their proceedings in accordance with the Model Rules of Procedure.
3. Unless the disputing Parties otherwise agree within 20 days after the Council votes to convene the panel, the terms of reference shall be:
Article 34: Third Party Participation
A Party that is not a disputing Party, on delivery of a written notice to the disputing Parties and the Secretariat, shall be entitled to attend all hearings, to make written and oral submissions to the panel and to receive written submissions of the disputing Parties.
Article 35: Role of Experts
On request of a disputing Party, or on its own initiative, the panel may seek information and technical advice from any person or body that it deems appropriate, provided that the disputing Parties so agree and subject to such terms and conditions as such Parties may agree.
Article 36: Initial Report
1. Unless the disputing Parties otherwise agree, the panel shall base its report on the submissions and arguments of the disputing Parties and on any information before it pursuant to Article 35.
2. Unless the disputing Parties otherwise agree, the panel shall,
within 180 days after the last panelist is selected, present to
the disputing Parties an initial report containing:
3. Panelists may furnish separate opinions on matters not unanimously agreed.
4. A disputing Party may submit written comments to the panel on its initial report within 30 days of presentation of the report.
5. In such an event, and after considering such written comments,
the panel, on its own initiative or on the request of any disputing
Article 37: Final Report
1. The panel shall present to the disputing Parties a final report, including any separate opinions on matters not unanimously agreed, within 60 days of presentation of the initial report, unless the disputing Parties otherwise agree.
2. The disputing Parties shall transmit to the Council the final report of the panel, as well as any written views that a disputing Party desires to be appended, on a confidential basis within 15 days after it is presented to them.
3. The final report of the panel shall be published five days after it is transmitted to the Council.
Article 38: Implementation of Final Report
If, in its final report, a panel determines that there has been a persistent pattern of failure by the Party complained against to effectively enforce its occupational safety and health, child labor or minimum wage technical labor standards, the disputing Parties may agree on a mutually satisfactory action plan, which normally shall conform with the determinations and recommendations of the panel. The disputing Parties shall promptly notify the Secretariat and the Council of any agreed resolution of the dispute.
Article 39: Review of Implementation
1. If, in its final report, a panel determines that there has
been a persistent pattern of failure by the Party complained against
to effectively enforce its occupational safety and health, child
labor or minimum wage technical labor standards, and:
2. No Party may make a request under paragraph 1(a) earlier than 60 days, or later than 120 days, after the date of the final report. If the disputing Parties have not agreed to an action plan and if no request was made under paragraph 1(a), the last action plan, if any, submitted by the Party complained against to the complaining Party or Parties within 60 days of the date of the final report, or such other period as the disputing Parties may agree, shall be deemed to have been established by the panel 120 days after the date of the final report.
3. A request under paragraph 1(b) may be made no earlier than
180 days after an action plan has been:
4. Where a panel has been reconvened under paragraph 1(a), it:
5. Where a panel has been reconvened under paragraph 1(b), it
shall determine either that:
6. A panel reconvened under this Article shall provide that the Party complained against shall fully implement any action plan referred to in paragraph 4(a)(ii) or 5(b), and pay any monetary enforcement assessment imposed under paragraph 4(b) or 5(b), and any such provision shall be final.
Article 40: Further Proceeding
A complaining Party may, at any time beginning 180 days after a panel determination under Article 39(5)(b), request in writing that a panel be reconvened to determine whether the Party complained against is fully implementing the action plan. On delivery of the request to the other Parties and the Secretariat, the Council shall reconvene the panel. The panel shall make the determination within 60 days after it has been reconvened or such other period as the disputing Parties may agree.
Article 41: Suspension of Benefits
1. Subject to Annex 41A, where a Party fails to pay a monetary
enforcement assessment within 180 days after it is imposed by
2. Subject to Annex 41A, where a panel has made a determination
under Article 39(5)(b) and the panel:
3. Where more than one complaining Party suspends benefits under paragraph 1 or 2, the combined suspension shall be no greater than the amount of the monetary enforcement assessment.
4. Where a Party has suspended benefits under paragraph 1 or 2, the Council shall, on the delivery of a written request by the Party complained against to the other Parties and the Secretariat, reconvene the panel to determine whether the monetary enforcement assessment has been paid or collected, or whether the Party complained against is fully implementing the action plan, as the case may be. The panel shall submit its report within 45 days after it has been reconvened. If the panel determines that the assessment has been paid or collected, or that the Party complained against is fully implementing the action plan, the suspension of benefits under paragraph 1 or 2, as the case may be, shall be terminated.
5. On the written request of the Party complained against, delivered to the other Parties and the Secretariat, the Council shall reconvene the panel to determine whether the suspension of benefits by the complaining Party or Parties pursuant to paragraph 1 or 2 is manifestly excessive. Within 45 days of the request, the panel shall present a report to the disputing Parties containing its determination.
Article 42: Enforcement Principle
Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to empower a Party's authorities to undertake labor law enforcement activities in the territory of another Party.
Article 43: Private Rights
No Party may provide for a right of action under its domestic law against any other Party on the ground that another Party has acted in a manner inconsistent with this Agreement.
Article 44: Protection of Information
1. If a Party provides confidential or proprietary information to another Party, including its NAO, the Council or the Secretariat, the recipient shall treat the information on the same basis as the Party providing the information.
2. Confidential or proprietary information provided by a Party to an ECE or a panel under this Agreement shall be treated in accordance with the rules of procedure established under Articles 24 and 33.
Article 45: Cooperation with the ILO
The Parties shall seek to establish cooperative arrangements with the ILO to enable the Council and Parties to draw on the expertise and experience of the ILO for purposes of implementing Article 24(1).
Article 46: Extent of Obligations
Annex 46 applies to the Parties specified in that Annex.
Article 47: Funding of the Commission
Each Party shall contribute an equal share of the annual budget of the Commission, subject to the availability of appropriated funds in accordance with the Party's legal procedures. No Party shall be obligated to pay more than any other Party in respect of an annual budget.
Article 48: Privileges and Immunities
The Executive Director and staff of the Secretariat shall enjoy in the territory of each of the Parties such privileges and immunities as are necessary for the exercise of their functions.
Article 49: Definitions
1. For purposes of this Agreement:
A Party has not failed to "effectively enforce its occupational
safety and health, child labor or minimum wage technical labor
standards" or comply with Article 3(1) in a particular
case where the action or inaction by agencies or officials of
"labor law" means laws and regulations, or provisions thereof, that are directly related to:
"mutually recognized labor laws" means laws of both a requesting Party and the Party whose laws were the subject of ministerial consultations under Article 22 that address the same general subject matter in a manner that provides enforceable rights, protections or standards;
"pattern of practice" means a course of action or inaction beginning after the date of entry into force of the Agreement, and does not include a single instance or case;
"persistent pattern" means a sustained or recurring pattern of practice;
"province" means a province of Canada, and includes the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories and their successors;
"publicly available information" means information to which the public has a legal right under the statutory laws of the Party;
"technical labor standards" means laws and regulations, or specific provisions thereof, that are directly related to subparagraphs (d) through (k) of the definition of labor law. For greater certainty and consistent with the provisions of this Agreement, the setting of all standards and levels in respect of minimum wages and labor protections for children and young persons by each Party shall not be subject to obligations under this Agreement. Each Party's obligations under this Agreement pertain to enforcing the level of the general minimum wage and child labor age limits established by that Party;
"territory" means for a Party the territory of that Party as set out in Annex 49; and
"trade-related" means related to a situation
involving workplaces, firms, companies or sectors that produce
goods or provide services:
Article 50: Annexes
The Annexes to this Agreement constitute an integral part of the Agreement.
Article 51: Entry into Force
This Agreement shall enter into force on January 1, 1994, immediately after entry into force of the NAFTA, on an exchange of written notifications certifying the completion of necessary legal procedures.
Article 52: Amendments
1. The Parties may agree on any modification of or addition to this Agreement.
2. When so agreed, and approved in accordance with the applicable legal procedures of each Party, a modification or addition shall constitute an integral part of this Agreement.
Article 53: Accession
Any country or group of countries may accede to this Agreement subject to such terms and conditions as may be agreed between such country or countries and the Council and following approval in accordance with the applicable legal procedures of each country.
Article 54: Withdrawal
A Party may withdraw from this Agreement six months after it provides written notice of withdrawal to the other Parties. If a Party withdraws, the Agreement shall remain in force for the remaining Parties.
Article 55: Authentic Texts
The English, French and Spanish texts of this Agreement are equally authentic.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorized by the respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.
The following are guiding principles that the Parties are committed to promote, subject to each Party's domestic law, but do not establish common minimum standards for their domestic law. They indicate broad areas of concern where the Parties have developed, each in its own way, laws, regulations, procedures and practices that protect the rights and interests of their respective workforces.
1. Freedom of association and protection of the right to organize
2. The right to bargain collectively
3. The right to strike
4. Prohibition of forced labor
5. Labor protections for children and young persons
6. Minimum employment standards
7. Elimination of employment discrimination
8. Equal pay for women and men
9. Prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses
10. Compensation in cases of occupational injuries and illnesses
11. Protection of migrant workers
1. Where a Party has requested the Council to convene an ECE,
the Council shall, on the written request of any other Party,
select an independent expert to make a ruling concerning whether
the matter is:
2. The Council shall establish rules of procedure for the selection of the expert and for submissions by the Parties. Unless the Council decides otherwise, the expert shall present a ruling within 15 days after the expert is selected.
1. For the first year after the date of entry into force of this Agreement, any monetary enforcement assessment shall be no greater than 20 million dollars (U.S.) or its equivalent in the currency of the Party complained against. Thereafter, any monetary enforcement assessment shall be no greater than .007 percent of total trade in goods between the Parties during the most recent year for which data are available.
2. In determining the amount of the assessment, the panel shall
take into account:
3. All monetary enforcement assessments shall be paid in the currency of the Party complained against into a fund established in the name of the Commission by the Council and shall be expended at the direction of the Council to improve or enhance the labor law enforcement in the Party complained against, consistent with its law.
1. For the purposes of this Annex, "panel determination"
2. Canada shall adopt and maintain procedures that provide that:
3. Where Canada is the Party complained against, the procedures adopted and maintained by Canada under this Annex shall apply and the procedures set out in Article 41 shall not apply.
4. Any change by Canada to the procedures adopted and maintained by Canada under this Annex that have the effect of undermining the provisions of this Annex shall be considered a breach of this Agreement.
1. Where a complaining Party suspends NAFTA tariff benefits in
accordance with this Agreement, the Party may increase the rates
of duty on originating goods of the Party complained against to
levels not to exceed the lesser of:
and such increase may be applied only for such time as is necessary to collect, through such increase, the monetary enforcement assessment.
2. In considering what tariff or other benefits to suspend pursuant
to Article 41(1) or (2):
1. On the date of signature of this Agreement, or of the exchange of written notifications under Article 51, Canada shall set out in a declaration a list of any provinces for which Canada is to be bound in respect of matters within their jurisdiction. The declaration shall be effective on delivery to the other Parties, and shall carry no implication as to the internal distribution of powers within Canada. Canada shall notify the other Parties six months in advance of any modification to its declaration.
2. Unless a communication relates to a matter that would be under federal jurisdiction if it were to arise within the territory of Canada, the Canadian NAO shall identify the province of residence or establishment of the author of any communication regarding the labor law of another Party that it forwards to the NAO of another Party. That NAO may choose not to respond if that province is not included in the declaration made under paragraph 1.
3. Canada may not request consultations under Article 22, the establishment of an Evaluation Committee of Experts under Article 23, consultations under Article 27, the initiation of procedures under Article 28 or the establishment of a panel or join as a complaining Party under Article 29 at the instance, or primarily for the benefit, of any government of a province not included in the declaration made under paragraph 1.
4. Canada may not request consultations under Article 22, the
establishment of an Evaluation Committee of Experts under Article
23, consultations under Article 27, the initiation of procedures
under Article 28 or the establishment of a panel or join as a
complaining Party under Article 29, unless Canada states in writing
that the matter would be under federal jurisdiction if it were
to arise within the territory of Canada, or:
5. No other Party may request consultations under Article 22, the establishment of an Evaluation Committee of Experts under Article 23, consultations under Article 27, the initiation of procedures under Article 28 or the establishment of a panel or join as a complaining Party under Article 29, concerning a matter related to a labor law of a province unless that province is included in the declaration made under paragraph 1 and the requirements of subparagraphs 4(b) and (c) have been met.
6. Canada shall, no later than the date on which an arbitral panel is convened pursuant to Article 29 respecting a matter within the scope of paragraph 5 of this Annex, notify in writing the complaining Parties and the Secretariat of whether any monetary enforcement assessment or action plan imposed by a panel under Article 39(4) or (5) against Canada shall be addressed to Her Majesty in right of Canada or Her Majesty in right of the province concerned.
7. Canada shall use its best efforts to make the Agreement applicable to as many of its provinces as possible.
8. Two years after the date of entry into force of this Agreement, the Council shall review the operation of this Annex and, in particular, shall consider whether the Parties should amend the thresholds established in paragraph 4.
For purposes of this Agreement: