Introduced new reporting obligations relating to forced and child labour in supply chains

01 Jan 2024

On 1 January 2024, the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act entered into force in Canada. It establishes an obligation for private sector entities and governmental institutions to submit annual reports to the Minister of Public Safety, summarizing preventing steps and measures undertaken in the previous financial year against forced labour or child labour used by those entities or in their supply chain.

The obligation applies in particular to corporations, trusts, partnerships or other unincorporated organizations engaged in producing, selling or distributing goods in Canada or importing them into Canada, or controlling entities engaged in these activities.

The new Act likewise envisages the introduction of prohibition on the importation of goods produced or manufactures by forced labour or child labour.