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The Canadian Apparel Federation's extensive lobbying and government relations activities pay off for our members, and the industry as a whole. We work closely with federal government departments and agencies to further the industry's agenda.

These activities allow us to advise our members about government programs, policies and impending initiatives. We do this so that all members can understand the implications of government regulations and trade policy and make better business decisions.  We are also able to change policies that harm the industry.

The Canadian Apparel Federation's ongoing lobbying efforts have secured substantial benefits for the industry.  In recent years tangible results have included:

  • Reduced duties paid on imported textiles.  Annual savings total over $50 million; achieved through the establishment of an ongoing reference at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and finally in the 2010 Federal Budget. 
  • Revisions to the rules governing the allocation of export quota (TPL) for apparel exported to the USA - implemented in 2009 and 2010;
  • Creation of $27 million CATIP program;
  • Federal government support for export marketing initiatives;
  • Government commitment in February 2004 to reduce duties by $26.7 million over three years

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