Canada’s measures to combat forced labor include:

  • The Prohibition of imports of goods produced wholly or in part by forced labor as prescribed under the Customs Tariff Act.
  • Requiring Canadian companies that are 1) sourcing directly or indirectly from Xinjiang or from entities relying on Uyghur labor, 2) established in Xinjiang, or 3) seeking to engage in the market, to sign an Integrity Declaration on Doing Business with Xinjiang Entities prior to receiving services and support from the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)A Business Advisory on Xinjiang-related entities.
  • Enhanced advice to Canadian businesses (See Global Affairs Canada business advisory).
  • Export controls including the denial of export licenses if there is a substantial risk that the export would result in a serious violation of human rights or international human rights law under the Export and Import Permit Act (EIPA).
  • Increasing awareness for Responsible Business Conduct linked to Xinjiang.
  • A Study on forced labor and supply chain risks.

The announced measures continue a global trend of new policies targeting forced labor and human rights abuses.

The Press Releases are available here:

UK Press Release

Canadian Press Release

For more information on the United Kingdom and Canada’s announcements, as well as similar actions under the U.S. Magnitsky Act, please contact Michelle Linderman or Dj Wolff.