January 21, 2011
Today, the London Court of International Arbitration issued a softwood lumber ruling on provincial programs administered by the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
The tribunal ruled against US government claims for damages on many of the programs and found these programs to be consistent with the Softwood Lumber Agreement.
The tribunal found elements of certain Ontario and Quebec programs to be inconsistent with Canada’s obligations under the Softwood Lumber Agreement. The tribunal ruled that additional export charges of 0.1% and 2.6% for Ontario and Quebec, respectively, would bring Canada into compliance.
The tribunal found that 97% of the United States’ $1.86 billion claim had no basis.
The following were found by the tribunal to be consistent with the Agreement:
Elements of the following programs were found by the tribunal to be inconsistent with the Softwood Lumber Agreement:
For more information on each of these programs please contact the respective provincial governments.