The Government of Ontario has worked closely with the federal government, other provinces and industry stakeholders throughout the softwood lumber dispute to secure a durable agreement with the United States. On July 1, 2006, Canada and the United States initiated the final text of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. On September 12, 2006, the Agreement was signed. Since then, Canada has taken concrete steps to implement this important bilateral agreement. The Agreement entered into force on October 12, 2006.
The responsibility for negotiating and implementing the Softwood Lumber Agreement lies with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada of the federal government. The Ontario government’s role is to assess the impacts and potential impacts of various issues and proposals on Ontario’s forest sector and economy. Advice is subsequently provided to the federal government based on these assessments.
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More information including the text of the agreement can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs International Trade Canada website.