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Canada's Three-Pronged Approach to Forced & Child Labour: An Update on Mandatory Reporting, Import Bans, and CORE Investigations

October 5, 2023, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

The Government of Canada is increasingly targeting forced labour or child labour in supply chains.

First, Canada’s new modern slavery legislation (formerly Bill S-211) requires certain Canadian businesses to file annual reports on the presence of forced labour and child labour in their supply chains. The first such report is due by May 31, 2024.

Second, Canada now prohibits the importation of all goods made of forced labour or child labour, which requires further trade compliance diligence by Canadian importers.

Third, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) has launched investigations into numerous apparel sector companies to ascertain whether those companies’ supply chains are free from forced labour.

This webinar will help Canadian businesses understand the ever-growing web of legislation and governmental measures and prepare for their May 2024 forced labour/child labour reporting obligation.


Background on the Government's increasingly ambitious strategy on forced labour and child labour
Frequently Asked Questions on the New Forced Labour Reporting Requirement: who must file, who must approve, when to get going, and what Canadian businesses must include in their reports (and what they should, and should not, include!)
The underreported effects of Canada’s new import ban on goods made of child labour
How to prepare and mitigate risks before you import goods or purchase imported goods
What is the CORE, how should Canadian apparel and retail businesses engage with it, and what is the effect of its recent investigations into apparel companies?

Our presenter:

William Pellerin is a partner in the international trade group at McMillan LLP. William has extensive experience litigating and advising on international trade law matters and disputes and is one of the very few private practice lawyers in Canada to have argued before the WTO Appellate Body and dispute settlement panels.

Our sponsor:

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)


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