The OECD has a mandate to promote cooperation among its members in the area of international investment. It does this by developing and monitoring rules to promote international cooperation and through consultations with representatives of non-member economies, business, labour and other groups. It also undertakes analytical work concerning investment trends and policies and their relationship to other policy disciplines such as labour relations, trade, the environment, taxation and competition policies.
The OECD oversees rules for capital movements, international investment and trade in services. OECD member governments have established "ground rules" for themselves and for multinational enterprises based in their economies by means of legal instruments to which Members are obligated to adhere. As a member of this organization, Canada subscribes to several agreements related to investment.