Article 2002 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) establishes the NAFTA Secretariat comprising of the Canadian Section, the Mexican Section and the United States Section. The mandate of the Secretariat is set out in Article 2002.3 of the NAFTA and reads:
The Secretariat shall:
- provide assistance to the Commission;
- provide administrative assistance to:
- panels and committees established under Section D of Chapter 10 (Review and Dispute Settlement in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Matters), and
- panels established under Chapter 31 (Dispute Settlement), including under Annex 31-A (United States-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism) and Annex 31-B (Canada-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism);
- be responsible for the payment of remuneration to and expenses of panels and committees established under Section D of Chapter 10 (Review and Dispute Settlement in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Matters) and panelists, assistants, and experts involved in dispute settlement proceedings under Chapter 31 (Dispute Settlement), including under Annex 31-A (United-States-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism) and Annex 31-B (Canada-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism); and
- as the Commission may direct:
- support the work of other committees and groups established under this Agreement, and
- otherwise facilitate the operation of this Agreement.
Additionally, the Canadian Section serves as a Secretariat responsible for the administration of the dispute settlement processes under the following trade agreements:
- the Canada-Israël Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA);
- the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA);
- the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (CCRFTA);
- the Canada-European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA);
- the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement(CPFTA);
- the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCoFTA);
- the Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreemen (CJFTA);
- the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement (CPaFTA);
- the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement (CHFTA);
- the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA);
- the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA).
In the administration of the dispute settlement provisions of these agreements, the NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section, provides professional and advisory support to panels and committees, acts as registrar for dispute settlement panels and co-ordinates all financial aspects of the process.
As well, the Canadian Section is involved in facilitating the operations of these Agreements through the provision of information and professional services. This is achieved through initiatives such as the continual update of an Internet Web Site and the Integrated Registry Information System for docketing, tracking and reports relating to panel proceedings.
Commitment to an Unbiased and Equitable Administrative Process
The NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section, is committed to administering the dispute settlement provisions of the relevant Free Trade Agreements and other Bilateral Agreements as directed by the Parties in a manner which ensures unbiased administrative processes, equity, security and fairness.
Commitment to Service Quality
The NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section, is committed to maintaining the highest quality of administration to all dispute settlement proceedings and to investing in technologies that will sustain future operations.
Support to Stakeholders
The NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section, is committed to supporting and providing services to its stakeholders in dispute resolution in a manner that is impartial, responsive, accessible and timely.
Openness and Accountability
The NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section, is committed to the promotion of a corporate culture implementing transparent management processes and accountability, both to the NAFTA Free Trade Commission and to the public.
The NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section, is committed to pursuing alternative service delivery to enhance information access and sharing and to improve operating practices.
The NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section is committed in having in place professional and motivated employees and in offering them to advance their careers through continuous learning.
Canadian Section (TCT)
111 Sussex Drive, 5th Floor
Ottawa, ON Canada
Telephone No.: 343-203-4094
|André François Giroux||Secretary|
|Caroline Jetté||Officer, Executive Services|
|Julie Poirier||Deputy Secretary|
|Francesca Nassif||Deputy Registrar|