Safeguard inquiries

International trade rules allow Canada to temporarily restrict imports to allow Canadian producers to adapt. These temporary measures are called safeguards. 

We have the authority to inquire into 

  • safeguard complaints from Canadian producers;
  • safeguard references from the Government of Canada. 

Complaints from Canadian producers can cover 

  • imports from all countries (global safeguards);
  • imports from countries with which Canada has signed a free trade agreement (bilateral safeguards). 

When directed by the Government, we can also recommend appropriate remedies to offset the harmful effects of import surges.