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NAFTA renegotiations and their impact on Canadian businesses

May 2, 2018

Potential changes to the current structure of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could have a widespread impact on Canadian businesses that engage in cross-border trade with the United States and internationally. Canadian companies should be monitoring developments closely as several rounds of talks between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have resulted in uncertainty as to the future of the long-standing agreement.

This presentation by Osler partner Riyaz Dattu, an International Trade and Investment Law expert, and Peter Glossop, a partner in Osler’s Competition/Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group, details the impact of NAFTA renegotiations — and other trade agreements including the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) — on Canadian businesses. Riyaz and Peter provide insight on the following issues:

  • History and background of NAFTA
  • NAFTA and the auto sector
  • Current status and contentious areas of NAFTA renegotiations, including “sunset clause,” government procurement and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
  • Threat of U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA
  • Canada-U.S. trade without NAFTA
  • Other international trade agreements including CETA and CPTPP


NAFTA renegotiations and its impact on Canadian businesses