Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement - Dispute Resolution
Disputes under the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement are resolved through a dispute settlement process outlined in the agreement, Article XIV. Arbitrations are handled by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Arbitration on BC Interior Timber Pricing
- NEW! London Court of International Arbitration released ruling on July 18, 2012
- On February 10, 2012 Canada filed its Rejoinder in response to the US Reply.
- On January 5, 2012 the United States filed its public Statement of Reply in the arbitration against BC forest policy.
- On November 16, 2011 Canada filed its public Statement of Defence in the arbitration against BC forest policy.
- Calendar of Timing of Proceedings
- On August 16, 2011 the United States filed its public Statement of Case in the arbitration against BC forest policy.
- On February 17, 2011 Canada formally responded to the United
States request for arbitration.
- On January 18, 2011 the United
States formally requested arbitration with Canada under the
Softwood Lumber Agreement 2006 related to British Columbia's
timber pricing policies.
- On October 8, 2010 the United States formally requested
consultations with Canada related to British Columbia timber pricing.
There have been two other arbitrations initiated by the United States to date:
- First Arbitration - Adjustment Factor (details)
- Second Arbitration - Ontario and Quebec Programs:
The arbitration was initiated on January 18, 2008, and involved certain grant and loan guarantee programs. The final ruling was published January 28, 2011.
Further information is available at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade website.