The Canadian Services Coalition (CSC) is the only Canadian association advocating internationally on behalf of the services sector as a whole. The CSC’s advocacy focuses on a range of issues affecting Canadian businesses, such as digital trade, data and privacy issues, ecommerce, trade facilitation and labour mobility.
Members have the opportunity to advance positions with the federal government and through international bodies, such as the World Trade Organization, by participating in delegations and activities in partnership with our Global Services Coalition network. These delegations enable members to gain insights and advocate with decision-makers from international governments as well as engage with business representatives from around the world.
- Participate in the only group in Canada that works across the services sector to engage in international-related advocacy.
- Advance trade policies through focused advocacy with the federal government to support the ability of Canadian companies to provide services to customers across borders, digitally or through an established commercial presence.
- Gain insights on key issues affecting the competitiveness of Canadian services companies through briefings with federal government officials.
- Participate in delegations and events organized by the Global Services Coalition to support advocacy with foreign governments and at international bodies, such as the World Trade Organization.
- Develop and advocate positions with international counterpart services associations to advance shared priorities and make a significant impact.
Some of the barriers the CSC works to overcome on behalf of its members include:
- Restrictions on a service provider’s ability to enter the market because of economic needs tests or work permit requirements.
- Inability to provide services due to lack of recognition of professional qualifications.
- Requirements to establish a commercial presence in order to provide a service.
- Foreign ownership restrictions, which prevent companies from providing services.
- Local data restrictions that require information to be held on domestic servers.
- Restrictions that inhibit e-commerce.
- Access to procurement contracts in foreign markets.
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