Public Consultations


Socially Responsible Trade Policy in Canada and Abroad

Montreal, February 27-28, 2019


« Let’s make human rights central to a new NAFTA »

Ed Broadbent, The Globe and Mail, 5 May 2017


In addition to negotiating various trade agreements, notably with Mercosur, Canada is engaged in several partnerships (CETA and TPPGP) and has recently renegotiated the terms of the North American Agreement, the CUSMA (NAFTA 2.0). Otherwise, the link between globalization and social progress is becoming increasingly important. To that end, many international instruments exist, however they remain ineffective. It is in this context, and as part of its research on Global Labour Governance, that the CEIM launched in 2017 a public consultation to identify what Canadians think about the applicability of adopting certain measures by the Canadian government. The consultation targeted measures relating to social clauses in trade agreements, to the social conditionality in generalized system of trade preferences and to the ban on imports of goods produced by forced labour or the worst forms of child labour.

We aim to inform the public on the social dimension of international trade, lead a pan-Canadian discussion on “socially responsible” trade policy instruments, make recommendations to the Government of Canada on these topics, and contribute to research on global labour governance, especially through publications and networking events with Canadian experts.

The social clause in Free Trade Agreements

The Generalized System of Preferences

Fight against forced labour and the worst forms of child labour

Since 2006, the Center for Studies on Integration and Globalization (CEIM) has developed an expertise on Global Labour Governance (GLG) issues. The CEIM has benefited from several grants and contributions for its research in developing a better understanding of mechanisms reconciling globalization and improvement of workers’ rights. The CEIM has coordinated a number of research activities, including the following events: Round tables on Global Labour Governance I (2006) and II (2007), Humanizing Trade I (2008), II (2009) and III (2012) and the creation of an electronic directory on GLG, an extension tool that provides a description of the main international cooperation instruments in the field of labour standards.


Global Labor Governance (GLG) Project
Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM)
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, office A-1570
400, rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal (Québec)  H2L 2C5

Michèle Rioux, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Project Director

Sylvain Zini, Associated Researcher, Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation (CEIM)
Manager and Project Coordinator

Telephone: + 1 514 987-3000 ext. 8902






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