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First Session, Forty-second Parliament,
64-65-66-67 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-85
An Act to amend the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and to make related amendments to other Acts
FIRST READING, October 23, 2018
MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
90887


RECOMMENDATION
Her Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act to amend the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and to make related amendments to other Acts”.
SUMMARY
This enactment amends the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act in order to implement the Canada – Israel Free Trade Amending Protocol 2018 signed on May 28, 2018.
In order to modernize the text of the Act and by that reflect the amendments brought about by the Protocol, this enactment repeals the preamble to that Act and amends the definition of Agreement, the provision setting out the purpose of the Act and the provisions related to the operation of the institutional and administrative aspects of the Agreement. It also amends that Act in order to confer on the Governor in Council the power to make orders in accordance with the amended Agreement.
Finally, the enactment amends certain Acts to bring them into conformity with Canada’s obligations resulting from the amendments brought about by the Protocol.
Available on the House of Commons website at the following address:
www.ourcommons.ca


TABLE OF PROVISIONS
An Act to amend the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and to make related amendments to other Acts
1
Amendments to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Related Amendments
6
Crown Liability and Proceedings Act
7
Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act
9
Customs Tariff
11
Department of Employment and Social Development Act
Coming into Force
12
Order in council
SCHEDULE 


1st Session, 42nd Parliament,
64-65-66-67 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016-2017-2018
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-85
An Act to amend the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and to make related amendments to other Acts
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
1996, c. 33

Amendments to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

1The preamble to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act is repealed.
2The definitions Agreement and Commission in subsection 2(1) of the Act are replaced by the following:
Agreement means the Free Trade Agreement entered into between the Government of Canada and the Government of the State of Israel and signed on July 31, 1996, as amended by the Canada – Israel Free Trade Amending Protocol 2018 signed on May 28, 2018.‍ (Accord)
Commission means the Joint Commission established under paragraph 1 of Article 18.1 of the Agreement.‍ (Commission)
3Section 4 of the Act is replaced by the following:
Purpose
4The purpose of this Act is to implement the Agreement, the objectives of which, as elaborated more specifically through its provisions, are to
(a)strengthen the bilateral commercial relationship between Canada and the State of Israel;
(b)improve access to the Israeli market for Canadian businesses by reducing and eliminating tariffs, addressing non-tariff barriers, enhancing cooperation and increasing transparency in regulatory matters;
(c)ensure a high level of environmental protection through comprehensive and legally-binding commitments;
(d)build on the respective international commitments of Canada and the State of Israel on labour matters; and
(e)promote gender equality and encourage women’s economic empowerment and the use of voluntary corporate social responsibility standards and principles, as well as promote access for small and medium-sized enterprises to the opportunities created by the Agreement.
4Section 7 of the Act is replaced by the following:
Non-application of Agreement to water
7For greater certainty, nothing in this Act or the Agreement applies to natural surface or ground water in liquid, gaseous or solid state.
5Sections 12 to 15 of the Act are replaced by the following:
Panels, Committees, Subcommittees, Working Groups, Expert Groups and Other Bodies
Powers of Minister for International Trade
12(1)The Minister for International Trade may
(a)appoint representatives of Canada to any committee, subcommittee, working group or other body referred to in paragraph 6 of Article 18.1 of the Agreement;
(b)appoint a panellist in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 19.7 of the Agreement; and
(c)propose candidates to serve as the chair of a panel, or select the chair, in accordance with that Article 19.7.
Powers of Minister of Labour
(2)The Minister of Labour may
(a)appoint representatives of Canada to any committee, working group or expert group referred to in sub-paragraph 4(a) of Article 12.7 of the Agreement;
(b)appoint a panellist in accordance with paragraph 4 of Annex 12.13.3 of the Agreement; and
(c)propose candidates to serve as the chairperson of a Review Panel, or select the chairperson, in accordance with paragraphs 4 and 5 of that Annex.
Administrative support
13The Minister for International Trade is to designate an agency, division or branch of the Government of Canada to facilitate the operation of Chapter 18 of the Agreement and to provide administrative assistance to panels established under Chapter 19 of the Agreement.
Payment of costs
14The 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, expert groups and other bodies, to independent experts and to the assistants of panel members; and
(b)the general expenses incurred by panels, committees, subcommittees, working groups, expert groups and other bodies.
Orders
Orders — Article 19.‍13 of Agreement
15(1)The Governor in Council may, for the purpose of suspending benefits in accordance with Article 19.13 of the Agreement, by order, do any of the following:
(a)suspend rights or privileges granted by Canada to the State of Israel or to goods of Israel under the Agreement or any federal law;
(b)modify or suspend the application of any federal law, with respect to the State of Israel or to goods of Israel;
(c)extend the application of any federal law to the State of Israel or to goods of Israel;
(d)take any other measure that the Governor in Council considers necessary.
Period of order
(2)Unless repealed, an order made under subsection (1) has effect for the period specified in the order.

Related Amendments

R.‍S.‍, c. C-50

Crown Liability and Proceedings Act

6Part 2 of the schedule to the Crown Liability and Proceedings Act is amended by adding the following in alphabetical order:
Chapter 12 of the Agreement, within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, as amended from time to time in accordance with Article 21.2 of that Agreement.
R.‍S.‍, c. I-3

Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

7Section 2 of the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act is amended by adding the following in alphabetical order:
Israel or another CIFTA beneficiary has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Customs Tariff; (Israël ou autre bénéficiaire de l’ALÉCI)
8The schedule to the Act is amended by adding, in alphabetical order, a reference to “Israel or another CIFTA beneficiary” in column 1 and a corresponding reference to “Canada–Israel Agreement Tariff in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Customs Tariff” in column 2.
1997, c. 36

Customs Tariff

9Section 51 of the Customs Tariff is repealed.
10(1)Tariff item Nos. 1902.11.10, 1902.11.90, 1902.19.91 and 1902.19.99 in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Act are amended by replacing
(a)in the column “Preferential Tariff / Initial Rate”, the reference to “4%” after the abbreviation “CIAT” with a reference to “Free”; and
(b)in the column “Preferential Tariff / Final Rate”, the reference to “4% (A)” after the abbreviation “CIAT” with a reference to “Free (A)”.
(2)Tariff item Nos. 1902.40.10 and 2005.70.90 in the List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Act are amended by replacing
(a)in the column “Preferential Tariff / Initial Rate”, the reference to “5%” after the abbreviation “CIAT” with a reference to “Free”; and
(b)in the column “Preferential Tariff / Final Rate”, the reference to “5% (A)” after the abbreviation “CIAT” with a reference to “Free (A)”.
(3)The List of Tariff Provisions set out in the schedule to the Act is amended by replacing, for all tariff items set out in the schedule to this Act,
(a)in the column “Preferential Tariff / Initial Rate”, the reference to “N/A” after the abbreviation “CIAT” with a reference to “Free”; and
(b)in the column “Preferential Tariff / Final Rate”, the reference to “N/A” after the abbreviation “CIAT” with a reference to “Free (A)”.
2005, c. 34

Department of Employment and Social Development Act

11The schedule to the Department of Employment and Social Development Act is amended by adding the following in alphabetical order:
Chapter 12 of the Agreement, within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, as amended from time to time in accordance with Article 21.2 of that Agreement.

Coming into Force

Order in council
12This Act comes into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.


SCHEDULE

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explanatory notes

Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Clause 1:Existing text of the preamble:
Preamble
WHEREAS the Government of Canada and the Government of the State of Israel have entered into a Free Trade Agreement
desiring to strengthen their economic relations and to promote economic development,
wishing to create a framework for promoting investment and cooperation,
resolved to foster the development of their trade with due regard to fair conditions of competition,
recalling the mutual interest of the Government of Canada and the Government of the State of Israel in reinforcement of the multilateral trading system as reflected in the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization,
recalling that the Government of Canada and the Government of the State of Israel entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on September 27, 1976 that established a Joint Economic Commission, which was continued under a Memorandum of Understanding on Economic Cooperation entered into on August 5, 1993, and
wishing to establish a free trade area between the two countries through the removal of trade barriers,
WHEREAS the Government of Canada has entered into the Agreement having further resolved to strengthen the Canadian economy and Canada’s competitiveness as a trading nation;
WHEREAS the Government of Canada has announced its willingness to extend the benefits of the Agreement to another beneficiary;
WHEREAS the Agreement applies generally throughout Canada;
AND WHEREAS it is necessary, in order to give effect to the Agreement, to make related or consequential amendments to certain Acts;
Clause 2:Existing text of the definitions:
Agreement means the Free Trade Agreement entered into between the Government of Canada and the Government of the State of Israel and signed on July 31, 1996, and includes any rectifications to it made before its ratification by Canada.‍ (Accord)
Commission means the Canada-Israel Trade Commission established under paragraph 1 of Article 8.2 of the Agreement.‍ (Commission)
Clause 3:Existing text of section 4:
4The purpose of this Act is to implement the Agreement, the objective of which, as elaborated more specifically through its provisions, is to eliminate barriers to trade in, and facilitate the movement of, goods within the free-trade area established by the Agreement, and thereby to promote conditions of fair competition and substantially increase investment opportunities in that free-trade area.
Clause 4:Existing text of section 7:
7(1)For greater certainty, nothing in this Act or the Agreement, except Article 2.1 of the Agreement, applies to water.
(2)In this section, water means natural surface and ground water in liquid, gaseous or solid state, but does not include water packaged as a beverage or in tanks.
Clause 5:Existing text of sections 12 to 15:
12The Minister for International Trade shall designate an agency, division or branch of the Government of Canada to facilitate the operation of, and provide administrative assistance to panels established under, Chapter Eight of the Agreement.
13The Minister for International Trade may appoint any person to be a representative of Canada on any committee or working group referred to in paragraph 4 of Article 8.2 of the Agreement.
14The Government of Canada shall, in accordance with Annex 8.9 of the Agreement, pay the costs of or its appropriate share of the costs of
(a)the remuneration and expenses payable to panellists and assistants; and
(b)the general expenses incurred by panels.
Regulations
15The Governor in Council may make regulations
(a)for carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Act; and
(b)on the recommendation of the Minister for International Trade, for carrying out and giving effect to paragraph 1 of Annex 8.9 of the Agreement.
Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act
Clause 7:New
Customs Tariff
Clause 9:Existing text of section 51:
51The Governor in Council may, on the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, by order, specify limits on the aggregate quantity of roses of tariff item No. 0603.10.11 that are entitled to the Canada–Israel Agreement Tariff, and the limits apply during the periods that may be specified in the order.

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