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Force Labor Report

January 11, 2024

Dear Importer,

A new act from the Ministry of Public Safety has come into force effective January 1, 2024. Under the  Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act, a qualifying business entity must now submit a yearly report to the Minister of Public Safety detailing the steps they have taken during the previous financial year to prevent and reduce the risk that forced labour was used by those entities or their supply chain.

In general, a qualifying business is one that, for at least one of its two most recent financial years,

  • Produces, sells, or distributes goods in Canada or elsewhere; imports goods into Canada; Or controls an entity that performs these activities.

And 

  • Is listed on a stock exchange in Canada or has a place of business in Canada, does business in Canada, or has assets in Canada. 

And

  • Meets two of the following three criteria:

                 Has $20 million or more in assets

                 Has $40 million or more in revenue

                 Has an average of 250 or more employees

This reporting requirement applies to any government institution producing, purchasing, or distributing goods in Canada or elsewhere.

This is a courtesy notice to inform you that as an importer, you may be a qualifying business entity. You are urged to review the Forced Labour reporting requirements and, if required, supply this report to the Ministry by May 31st of this year.

Please see the Public Safety Information Page for complete details.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Trade Advisory Team with any questions you have about these new requirements at any time by emailing (compliance@pcb.ca) or calling (604.538.1566 or 360.332.8534).