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Canada–Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act (S.C. 2012, c. 26)

Act current to 2022-06-20 and last amended on 2013-04-01. Previous Versions

Canada–Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

S.C. 2012, c. 26

Assented to 2012-12-14

An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Canada–Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act.

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Act.

Agreement

Agreement means the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, done at Ottawa on May 14, 2010. (Accord)

federal law

federal law means the whole or any portion of an Act of Parliament or a regulation, order or other instrument issued, made or established in the exercise of a power conferred by or under an Act of Parliament. (texte législatif fédéral)

Joint Commission

Joint Commission means the Joint Commission established under Article 21.01 of the Agreement. (Commission mixte)

Minister

Minister means the Minister for International Trade. (ministre)

related agreement

related agreement means

  • (a) the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama, done at Ottawa on May 13, 2010; or

  • (b) the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama, done at Ottawa on May 13, 2010. (accord connexe)

Marginal note:Interpretation consistent with agreements

 For greater certainty, this Act and any federal law that implements a provision of the Agreement or a related agreement or fulfils an obligation of the Government of Canada under the Agreement or a related agreement is to be interpreted in a manner consistent with the Agreement or related agreement, as the case may be.

Marginal note:Non-application of Act or Agreement to water

 For greater certainty, nothing in this Act or the Agreement applies to natural surface or ground water in liquid, gaseous or solid state.

Marginal note:Construction

 For greater certainty, nothing in this Act, by specific mention or omission, is to be construed to affect in any manner the right of Parliament to enact legislation to implement any provision of the Agreement or a related agreement or fulfil any of the obligations of the Government of Canada under the Agreement or a related agreement.

Her Majesty

Marginal note:Binding on Her Majesty

 This Act is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada.

Purpose

Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of this Act is to implement the Agreement and the related agreements, the objectives of which, as elaborated more specifically through their provisions, are to

  • (a) establish a free trade area in accordance with the Agreement;

  • (b) promote, through the expansion of recip­rocal trade, the harmonious development of the economic relations between Canada and the Republic of Panama in order to foster, in both countries, the advancement of economic activity;

  • (c) provide fair conditions of competition affecting trade between Canada and the Republic of Panama;

  • (d) substantially increase investment opportunities in Canada and the Republic of Panama;

  • (e) contribute, by the removal of barriers to trade, to the harmonious development and expansion of world and regional trade;

  • (f) enhance and enforce environmental laws and regulations and strengthen cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama on environmental matters;

  • (g) protect, enhance and enforce basic workers’ rights, strengthen cooperation and build on the respective international commitments of Canada and the Republic of Panama on labour matters; and

  • (h) promote sustainable development.

Causes of Action

Marginal note:Causes of action under Part 1

  •  (1) No person has any cause of action and no proceedings of any kind are to be taken, without the consent of the Attorney General of Canada, to enforce or determine any right or obligation that is claimed or arises solely under or by virtue of Part 1 or an order made under that Part.

  • Marginal note:Causes of action under the Agreement or a related agreement

    (2) Subject to Section C of Chapter 9 of the Agreement and Part Three and Annex 3 of the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama, done at Ottawa on May 13, 2010, no person has any cause of action and no proceedings of any kind are to be taken, without the consent of the Attorney General of Canada, to enforce or determine any right or obligation that is claimed or arises solely under or by virtue of the Agreement or a related agreement.

PART 1Implementation of the Agreement and the Related Agreements

Approval

Marginal note:Agreements approved

 The Agreement and the related agreements are approved.

Administrative and Institutional Provisions

Marginal note:Canadian representative on Joint Commission

 The Minister is the principal representative of Canada on the Joint Commission.

Marginal note:Payment of expenditures

 The Government of Canada is to pay its appropriate share of the aggregate of any expenditures incurred by or on behalf of the Joint Commission.

Panels, Committees, Subcommittees, Working Groups and Expert Groups

Marginal note:Powers of Minister

  •  (1) The Minister may

    • (a) appoint representatives of Canada to any committee, subcommittee or working group referred to in paragraph 6 of Article 21.01 of the Agreement;

    • (b) appoint a panellist in accordance with Article 22.08 of the Agreement; and

    • (c) propose candidates to serve as the chair of a panel, or select the chair, in accordance with that Article 22.08.

  • Marginal note:Powers of Minister of the Environment

    (2) The Minister of the Environment may

    • (a) appoint representatives of Canada to the committee referred to in Article 17 of the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama, done at Ottawa on May 13, 2010;

    • (b) appoint a panellist in accordance with paragraph 11 of Annex I to that Agreement; and

    • (c) propose candidates to serve as the chair of a panel, or select the chair, in accordance with that paragraph.

  • Marginal note:Powers of the Minister of Labour

    (3) The Minister of Labour may

    • (a) appoint representatives of Canada to any committee, working group or expert group referred to in Article 7 of the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama, done at Ottawa on May 13, 2010;

    • (b) appoint a panellist in accordance with paragraph 4 of Annex 2 to that Agreement; and

    • (c) propose candidates to serve as the chairperson of a panel, or select the chairperson, in accordance with that paragraph.

Marginal note:Administrative support

 The Minister is to designate an agency, division or branch of the Government of Canada to facilitate the operation of Chapter 22 of the Agreement and to provide administrative assistance to panels established under that Chapter.

Marginal note:Payment of costs

 The Government of Canada is to pay the costs of or its appropriate share of the costs of

  • (a) the remuneration and expenses payable to members of panels, committees, subcommittees, working groups and expert groups, to independent experts and to the assistants of panel members; and

  • (b) the general expenses incurred by panels, committees, subcommittees, working groups and expert groups.

Orders

Marginal note:Orders re Article 22.13 of Agreement

  •  (1) The Governor in Council may, for the purpose of suspending benefits in accord­ance with Article 22.13 of the Agreement, by order, do any one or more of the following:

    • (a) suspend rights or privileges granted by Canada to the Republic of Panama or to goods of the Republic of Panama under the Agreement or any federal law;

    • (b) modify or suspend the application of any federal law, with respect to the Republic of Panama or to goods of the Republic of Panama;

    • (c) extend the application of any federal law to the Republic of Panama or to goods of the Republic of Panama; and

    • (d) take any other measure that the Governor in Council considers necessary.

  • Marginal note:Period of order

    (2) Unless repealed, an order made under subsection (1) has effect for the period specified in the order.

PART 2Related Amendments

Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act

 [Amendments]

 [Amendment]

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 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Amendment]

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 [Amendment]

Commercial Arbitration Act

 [Amendment]

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 [Amendment]

 [Amendment]

Crown Liability and Proceedings Act

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Amendment]

Customs Act

 [Amendments]

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Amendment]

Customs Tariff

 [Amendment]

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 [Amendments]

Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act

 [Amendment]

Export and Import Permits Act

 [Amendment]

 [Amendment]

 [Amendment]

 [Amendment]

Financial Administration Act

 [Repealed, 2012, c. 26, s. 62]

 [Amendment]

Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

 [Amendment]

 [Amendment]

 [Amendment]

PART 3Coordinating Amendments and Coming into Force

Coordinating Amendments

 [Amendment]

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Coming into Force

Marginal note:Order in council

Footnote * This Act, other than sections 60 to 64, comes into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.

  • Return to footnote *[Note: Act, other than sections 60 to 64, in force April 1, 2013, see SI/2013-16.]

 
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