The World Trade Organization (WTO) has rejected Canada’s appeal and upheld its own ruling that Ontario’s domestic content policy violates global trade rules.
Following complaints from Japan, the WTO earlier this year ruled that the Canadian's province's policy that 60% of a solar or wind project's equipment or services must be locally sourced unfairly discriminated against outside companies.
Japan’s cross appeal claiming Ontario was in receipt of illegal subsidies from its government, filed a week after Canada’s appeal, has also been rejected by the WTO.
The WTO recommends that the Dispute Settlement Body request Canada bring its domestic content policy in line with the Agreement on Trade Related Investment Measures and General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994.
With this trade case finally closed, Canada has opened another case against China over alleged dumping and subsidising of silicon metal from China.