Canada’s response

Learn more about the range of actions that the Government of Canada is taking to address forced labour and child labour.

Budget 2023: Forced labour in Canadian supply chains

The Minister of Labour—in collaboration with the Minister of Public Safety, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and the Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development—is mandated to introduce legislation to eradicate forced labour from Canadian supply chains and ensure that Canadian businesses operating abroad do not contribute to human rights abuses. Budget 2023 reiterated the Government’s commitment and announced plans to introduce legislation in 2024.

Trade agreements

Canada negotiates comprehensive and enforceable labour provisions in its free trade agreements that commit trade partners to uphold international labour standards, including the elimination of forced labour and child labour, and to effectively enforce their labour laws.

Responsible business conduct abroad

The Responsible Business Conduct Strategy helps to ensure that Canadian companies active abroad abide by all relevant laws, respect human rights in their operations, including their supply chains, and adopt best practices and internationally respected guidelines.

Federal Procurement Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct outlines expectations for Government of Canada suppliers regarding human and labour rights.

Protecting human rights in federal supply chains

Public Services and Procurement Canada takes steps to safeguard federal procurement supply chains from forced labour, child labour and human trafficking, and ensure that it does business with ethical suppliers.

National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking

The National Strategy brings together federal efforts to address human trafficking at home and abroad under one strategic plan. It is designed to strengthen Canada’s response to human trafficking for both sexual exploitation and forced labour.

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