August 15, 2018 – Hamilton, Ontario
Bob Bratina, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East – Stoney Creek, joined Ministers Bill Morneau and Filomena Tassi at ArcelorMittal Dofasco to announce the opening of 15 day public consultations on possible safeguard action on imports of the following steel products:
- Steel plate
- Concrete reinforcing bar
- Energy tubular products
- Hot-rolled sheet
- Pre-painted steel
- Stainless steel wire
- Wire rod
Safeguards are trade measures imposed under international trade rules in exceptional circumstances to respond to import surges that may harm Canadian producers and workers. The Government will continue to work with stakeholders to determine if additional products may be considered for safeguard action, and is committed to applying additional safeguards where circumstances warrant their application, in accordance with Canada’s international trade obligations.
As Chair of the All-Party Steel Caucus, MP Bratina and the Government of Canada continue stand up for Canadian workers and the steel industry, by taking further steps to prevent diversion of foreign steel products into Canada.
“The Government will always stand up for Canadian workers and Canadian businesses, and that means taking action to counter unfair trade practices when merited. International trade unquestionably strengthens Canada’s economy, but it must be fair and open, and it must result in growth that works for everyone.” – Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
“Canada’s steel and aluminum industries support good, middle class jobs across the country. Our workers and industry have the Government’s full support. We have taken actions to end fraudulent transshipment and to further prevent dumping of unfairly priced imports into the Canadian market. We are committed to taking action to protect and support our workers and producers.” – Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Steel plate: heavy machinery and transportation manufacturing and construction.
- Concrete reinforcing bar (“rebar”): strengthening and preventing concrete from cracking.
- Energy tubular products: oil and gas exploration, extraction and transmission.
- Hot-rolled sheet: construction and automotive, agricultural product and pipe and tube manufacturing.
- Pre-painted steel: construction, industrial packaging and appliances manufacturing.
- Stainless steel wire: manufacturing of pins, nails, springs, filters and conveyor belts.
- Wire rod: manufacturing of wires, springs, wire mesh, fasteners and nails, and automotive and industrial components.
- In 2017, the Canadian steel industry employed more than 23,000 Canadians and contributed $4.2 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product.
- Recognizing that businesses are anxious about what the future holds in light of the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, recent tariff decisions by the United States, and the potential impact of the U.S. tax reform, Minister Morneau is meeting with business leaders from across the country to talk about how the Government and the business community can better work together, adapt to changing circumstances if needed, and build a more competitive Canada.
Comments regarding possible safeguard action can be submitted to the Department of Finance Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org August 29, 2018.
Click here to access the Department of Finance News Release.