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Enforcing Canada’s forced labour import prohibition: Key challenges and recommended reforms

May 16, 2024
Importing goods made with forced labour has been prohibited under Canadian law since 2020. However, customs authorities have only once taken enforcement action under this prohibition. In this report we examine flaws in Canada’s enforcement framework and needed reforms, based on analysis from Goldblatt Partners LLP.
May 10, 2024
Above Ground is tracking the details of complaints to the CORE regarding alleged human rights abuses linked to Canadian companies. Here we list cases for which information is publicly known, including those under investigation. We will update the list with new information as it is released.
April 9, 2024
The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise is investigating several companies over their alleged ties to the forced labour system reportedly being imposed on ethnic minorities in northwest China. Yet the office still lacks the powers needed to investigate effectively.
April 8, 2024
“You cannot have public money anywhere near this industry anymore.” This was the message delivered to lawmakers by an expert panel examining how Canada is backing relentless expansion of the oil and gas industry, at an event last month on Parliament Hill.
March 7, 2024
Canadian company ReconAfrica is set to ramp up its exploratory drilling in Namibia despite fervent local opposition and parliamentary findings of legal violations. Meanwhile recently released government documents are raising troubling questions about support the company may be receiving from Ottawa.

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