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Dispute resolution expands opportunities for B.C. CGAs

Friday, 18th February 2012

<p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">VICTORIA &ndash;&nbsp;A panel has ruled in favour of four western Canadian provinces in a trade dispute against unnecessary barriers to Certified General Accountants.</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">In November 2010, Manitoba initiated dispute resolution proceedings against Ontario under the national Agreement on Internal Trade. Manitoba objected to measures maintained by Ontario that subjected Certified General Accountants certified by other provinces to practise public accounting to undergo an additional assessment in order to become certified in Ontario.</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta also objected to Ontario&rsquo;s measures as unnecessarily restricting labour mobility, and intervened as parties with a substantial interest in the dispute.</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">In November 2011, a dispute resolution panel convened in Toronto to consider the matter.</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">The dispute resolution panel has now issued its report, which finds in favour of the four western provinces<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif">.&nbsp;</span>The panel found that Ontario&rsquo;s measures were inconsistent with the Agreement on Internal Trade, and recommended Ontario change its measures to bring itself into compliance by April 15, 2012.</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">The recently revised Agreement on Internal Trade now includes financial penalties for provinces that fail to comply with panel rulings, in order to ensure dispute panel rulings are implemented. Under the agreement, an appeal process is available to Ontario.</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">Quote:</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation &ndash;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;For ten years, B.C. has led Canada in red-tape reduction and this development will remove needless restrictions on our CGAs. This finding is a great example of how our commitment to removing barriers to trade can create greater business opportunities for British Columbians, building on the progress of the BC Jobs Plan.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">Quick Facts:</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0.5in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; text-indent: -0.25in" class="MsoListParagraph">&middot;<span style="font: normal normal normal 7pt/normal 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Of the approximately 2,200 Certified General Accountant in Canada that practise public accounting, 1,200 live and work in British Columbia.</p><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 3pt; margin-left: 0.5in; font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Consolas; text-indent: -0.25in" class="MsoPlainText">&middot;<span style="font: normal normal normal 7pt/normal 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since 2001, B.C. has reduced regulatory requirements by approximately 43 per cent.</p><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium" class="Apple-style-span"><p>&middot;<span style="font: normal normal normal 7pt/normal 'Times New Roman'"><span style="font-size: medium" class="Apple-style-span">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span>The Province has committed to a zero-net increase in regulations &ndash; a commitment now being extended to 2015. </p></span><p style="margin-top: 0in; margin-right: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p>


Web-link: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2012JTI0021-000148.htm
Source: Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
Language: English
Contact: Sheldon Johnson - 250 213-5811


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