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Initial Environmental Assessment on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)

The Government of Canada is participating in negotiations of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).  Further to the notice of intent to conduct an environmental assessment of the TISA which was published in the Canada Gazette on March 16, 2013, an Initial Environmental Assessment of TISA has now been completed by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

The Government of Canada is committed to sustainable development. Mutually supportive trade, investment and environmental policies can contribute to this objective. To this end, services negotiators endeavour to consider, when appropriate, potential environmental effects of trade negotiations. Environmental assessments of trade negotiations are critical to this work. This Initial Environmental Assessment seeks to consider the potential effects of new trade in services in Canada that may result from the TISA.

Environmental assessments of trade negotiations are prepared pursuant to the 2010 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan, and Program Proposals.

All interested parties are invited to submit their comments on the Initial Environmental Assessment of the TISA by Wednesday July 16, 2014.

Contributions can be sent by email, fax or mail to:

Environmental Assessment Consultations – Trade in Services Agreement
Trade Agreements and NAFTA Secretariat (TAS)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-992-9392

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