USMCA Moves Closer to Implementation as Canada Gives Its OK

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement has moved one step closer to being ratified by all three nations.

On March 13, the Canadian Senate approved USMCA without any amendments, advancing the treaty quicker than expected in part due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Earlier that day, the House of Commons, after weeks of debate, approved the legislation by unanimous consent after holding the mandatory three readings.

The bill next will be presented to Canada’s governor general for what is called “Royal Assent,” or approval. After that, a final “Order-In-Council” will be requested — the final step in obtaining authorization to ratify and implement the agreement.

The approval by the House of Commons was the last official act before the legislative body suspended its session because of the coronavirus.