Local Report Aims To Influence NAFTA Talks

(WINDSOR, ON) – A Workforce WindsorEssex report, released yesterday, contains five recommendations for negotiators during the 8th round of NAFTA talks. The NAFTA Recommendations report is designed to provide negotiators with Windsor’s perspective of living on an international border.

“The impacts of a renegotiated NAFTA will be felt first in Windsor-Essex, which is why Workforce WindsorEssex was working closely with other local organizations on this critical issue,” said Michelle Suchiu, the executive director of Workforce WindsorEssex.”As far as we know, we were the only community undertaking this kind of work together. The report’s goal is to help federal and provincial trade officials understand border community issues and opportunities as we experience them.”

Five of the eight local governments endorsed resolutions citing the importance of Canada’s automotive sector as a key priority throughout NAFTA’s renegotiation, including Amherstburg, Kingsville, Tecumseh, Windsor, and the County of Essex.

Report Recommendations

  1. Recognize the importance of Canada-US trade interdependence,
  2. Recognize Canada’s automotive sector as a key priority throughout NAFTA renegotiations,
  3. Protect existing mechanisms that promote cross-border labour mobility
  4. Increase opportunities for cross-border experiential learning, and
  5. Support region’s global economic competitiveness.

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