The Government of Canada will participate as a third party on a World Trade Organization (WTO) Panel regarding certain subsidy programs that China is applying across a broad range of industries, mainly in its manufacturing sector.
The WTO Panel was established at the request of the United States and Mexico at the August 31, 2007 meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. The request followed two rounds of WTO consultations held earlier this year (March 20 and June 22). Canada participated in the second round of consultations.
The WTO Panel will provide a formal venue for the examination of the issues raised by this dispute.
As a third party, Canada will have the right to be heard by the Panel and to make written submissions. Also, Canada will receive the first written submissions of the parties to the dispute. It usually takes up to nine months from the establishment of a Panel for the final report to be released to WTO members.