Forward Regulatory Plan for Softwood Lumber Controls

Allocation Method Order for Softwood Lumber Products (2015)

Description of the objective

The AMO establishes the method for allocating to individual companies the quantity of softwood lumber products (commonly referred to as quota) that may be exported to the United States during a month from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The AMO for Softwood Lumber products has traditionally been developed to cover 12 month periods beginning in January of a specific year and expiring in December of that same year.

Subsection 6.3(2) of the Export and Import Permits Act (EIPA) authorizes the Minister of Foreign Affairs to determine the quantity of softwood lumber products that may be exported from a region per month - otherwise known as the monthly Regional Quota Volume (RQV). Subsection 6.3(3) of the EIPA provides authority for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to establish, by order, a methodology for allocating, on a monthly basis, the RQV among companies that have registered and the Softwood Lumber Export Charge Act.

The AMO is a fundamental component of the regulations and legislation that implement Canada's obligations under the SLA.

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the small business lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

In early spring of each year, the Government of Canada holds an extensive series of consultation meetings with industry representatives/stakeholders and governments of the provinces that fall under an allocation regime (Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba & Saskatchewan) regarding the specific allocation methodologies applicable to their region.

Departmental contact

Softwood Lumber – General Enquiries
Telephone: 613-944-2168
Facsimile: 613-944-8950
softwood.boisdoeuvre@international.gc.ca 

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.