Together, we provide a platform for Canadian businesses to shape the discussions and gain leading insights on international issues that will have an impact on our economy. These global decisions affect many sectors of the economy including financial services, energy, chemicals, customs and transportation, manufacturing, life sciences, ICT, natural resources, agriculture and others.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is Canada’s representative to a number of international business groups, including the International Chamber of Commerce, Business at the OECD, the B7, the B20, the Global Business Coalition and the Global Services Coalition.

In the context of COVID-19, the work occurring within these bodies is critical for deciding policies that will affect our country’s response to the crisis, the restarting of the economy and the long-term recovery.

Top Issues

  • Juin 2020: Communiqué du Groupe d’Ottawa de l’Organisation Mondiale du Commerce : Le Canada a réuni le Groupe d’Ottawa pour discuter de la manière dont les gouvernements peuvent mettre à profit l’OMC pour répondre à la COVID-19. Les mesures spécifiques convenues par les pays membres du Groupe d’Ottawa comprennent une plus grande transparence sur les mesures commerciales adoptées par les gouvernements, le soutien à la transition vers le commerce électronique pour les entreprises et la facilitation du commerce des fournitures médicales.
  • June 2020 Statement by the World Trade Organization Ottawa Group: Canada has convened the Ottawa Group to discuss the how governments can use the WTO to respond to COVID-19. Specific measures agreed by the member countries of the Ottawa Group include greater transparency on trade measures enacted by governments, supporting the transition to e-commerce for businesses, and facilitating the trade of medical supplies.
  • Business at OECD 2020 Economic Policy Survey Results: Business at OECD annually surveys the lead business organization from each of its member countries. Key highlights from the 2020 survey included: 95% of companies perceiving the current business environment to be weak versus only 16% in 2019; 75% of respondents expecting this economic downturn to be worse than the 2008-09 financial crisis; and only half of respondents view OECD government responses to be sufficient to supporting the economy. Key policy measures needed looking ahead include liquidity, combatting protectionism, and support for labour markets.
  • 2020 G20 Recommendations for Promoting Innovation, Digital Technologies, and Trade: Digital trade issues have taken on an added importance in the context of the COVID-19 economic recovery. The Canadian Chamber delivered a joint statement with our global partners in advance of the upcoming G20 Digital Ministers meeting to set out our priorities. Key areas include cross-border data flows, technology adoption, and ensuring the benefits of technology are realized by all businesses and consumers alike.
  • Ensuring Resilience of Global Supply of Essential Services in Combating COVID-19: Services play a critical role in the economy and even more so in the current context. Leading business groups representing the services sector joined together to outline to governments the crucial role of services in response to COVID-19. This includes the role of services enabling the movement of goods as well as the provision of services digitally to consumers and businesses.
  • International Chamber of Commerce: 10 Ways Trade Can Help SMEs: SMEs compose 90% of the companies across the globe and 50% of all employment. They rely on access to foreign markets to grow and provide jobs. Governments can use trade measures, such easing border restrictions and shifting towards paperless customs procedures, to assist SMEs during the COVID-19 recovery.

KPMG: Global landscape

This resource offers a global overview of government and institution measures by country and topic (tax, employment, economic, and others) in response to COVID-19. The information is updated regularly.

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