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SOURCES OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYEE INFORMATION


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INTRODUCTION TO INFO SOURCE

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction to Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Background

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act (CITT Act), which established the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) and dissolved the Canadian Import Tribunal (CIT), the Tariff Board (TAR) and the Textile and Clothing Board (TCB), received Royal Assent on September 13, 1988. Sections of the CITT Act establishing the corporate structure of the Tribunal were proclaimed on September 15, 1988. Sections of the CITT Act giving the Tribunal operational responsibilities and dissolving the CIT, the TAR and the TCB came into force on December 31, 1988. Pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act, on January 1, 1994, the Tribunal became Canada's bid challenge authority in respect of federal government procurement, as contemplated under Article 1017 of NAFTA. The Tribunal succeeds the Procurement Review Board of Canada in this capacity. The Tribunal also acts as the bid challenge authority under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (AGP), the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA), the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA), the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement (CPANFTA).

The Tribunal is an administrative tribunal operating within Canada's trade remedy system. It is an independent quasi-judicial body that carries out its statutory responsibilities in an autonomous and impartial manner and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance. The main legislation governing the work of the Tribunal is the CITT Act, the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA), the Customs Act, the Excise Tax Act, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Regulations, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Procurement Inquiry Regulations and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Rules (Rules).

Responsibilities

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal provides Canadian and international businesses with access to fair, transparent and timely processes for the investigation of trade remedy cases and complaints concerning federal government procurement and for the adjudication of appeals on customs and excise matters. At the request of the Government, the Tribunal provides advice in tariff, trade, commercial and economic matters.

The Tribunal has multiple responsibilities with a wide-ranging mandate. For more information, please see the Tribunal's mandate.

The Tribunal's mission is to render sound, transparent and timely decisions in trade, customs and procurement cases for Canadian and international businesses and to provide the Government with sound, transparent and timely advice in tariff, trade, commercial and economic matters.

For the organizational structure of the Tribunal, please see organization.

INSTITUTIONAL FUNCTIONS, PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

The Tribunal engages in two program activities which refer to the legislative area of its mandate. Its' advisory role is in respect of general economic inquiries and references, and its quasi-judicial role is in respect of the adjudication of trade cases. A third program activity, Internal Services, is responsible for corporate accountabilities and operational support.

ADJUDICATION OF TRADE CASES – QUASI-JUDICIAL ROLE

In its quasi-judicial role, the Tribunal enquires into trade-related complaints (i.e. dumping, subsidizing and safeguards) and complaints regarding federal government procurement. The Tribunal also hears appeals from decisions of the Minister of National Revenue and the Canada Border Services Agency.

The Tribunal's adjudicative mandate is to provide a fair, timely and transparent trade remedy system for Canada’s business sector, thereby preserving confidence in the Canadian market, for the benefit of Canadian businesses and consumers. The Tribunal acts as an independent, quasi-judicial decision-making body. It operates within Canada’s trade remedy system to apply existing laws and trade agreements that seek to address unfair competition in the domestic market or provide emergency protection against imported goods that are seen to cause injury to a domestic industry. The Tribunal also hears appeals from decisions of the Minister of National Revenue under Excise Tax Act and of the CBSA under the Customs Act and the SIMA. It has also been designated as the bid challenge authority under NAFTA, the AIT, the AGP, the CCFTA, the CPFTA , the CCOFTA , and the CPANFTA in the federal government procurement process.

In its quasi-judicial role, the Tribunal's adjudication of trade cases is comprised of the following:

GENERAL ECONOMIC INQUIRIES AND REFERENCES - ADVISORY ROLE

In its advisory role, the Tribunal's caseload is comprised of three types of cases. First, the Tribunal plays an advisory role, when requested by the Government, to recommend measures to alleviate injury to domestic producers pursuant to a safeguard inquiry.

Second, the Government may also periodically direct the Tribunal to inquire into general economic, trade or tariff matters. In such inquiries, the Tribunal has the power to conduct research, receive submissions, hold hearings and report with recommendations, as required, to the Government or the Minister of Finance.

Third, the Tribunal has received a standing reference from the Minister of Finance to investigate requests from domestic textile producers for tariff (import tax) relief on imported textile inputs for use in their manufacturing operations and to make recommendations to the Minister of Finance that would maximize the net economic benefit to Canada.

In its advisory role, the Tribunal's mandate is comprised of the following:

INTERNAL SERVICES

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Acquisitions

Acquisition Services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfill a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

Communications Services

Communications Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well-coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public - internal or external - receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

Financial Management

Financial Management Services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

Human Resource Management

Human Resources Management Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

Information Management

Information Management Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency, and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

Information Technology

Information Technology Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

Legal Services

Legal Services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

Management and Oversight Services

Management and Oversight Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

Materiel

Materiel Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Real Property

Real Property Services involve activities undertaken to ensure real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Travel and Other Administrative Services

Travel and Other Administrative Services include Government of Canada (GC) travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

CLASSES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

General Correspondence and Enquiries

Personal information in this class relates to routine correspondence received in the course of the Tribunal's activities, such as requests for general information and unsolicited correspondence not relating to an active file. The personal information normally includes the name and address, or e-mail address, of the enquirer. This information is not retrievable by personal name or other personal identifier and is generally not used for administrative purposes. Retention of this form of personal information is controlled by the records schedules of the general subject files in which the information is stored.

MANUALS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through informal requests. You may wish to consult the Tribunal's completed Access to Information requests. To make an informal request or for additional information about the activities of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, please visit Contact Us. If you would like information on how to submit a formal request to receive Tribunal records pursuant to the Access to Information Act or to seek access to your own personal information under the Privacy Act, please see the contact information here.

READING ROOM

In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, an area on the premises will be made available should you wish to review materials on site. The address is:

15th Floor
333 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario