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Canada, North America | Effective: January 2024

Canada Modern Slavery Act (S-211)

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Effective January 2024, the “Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act,” or the S-211 bill, introduces reporting obligations on some entities to describe the measures they have taken to prevent and reduce the risk that they or their suppliers are using forced labor or child labor. The first reports are due by the end of May 2024.

Who Does the Act Apply to?

The law expands modern slavery reporting requirements to a host of new companies. Specifically, those that are:

  • Producing, selling, or distributing goods in Canada, or
  • Importing into Canada goods produced elsewhere, or
  • Directly or indirectly controlling an entity that’s engaged in one of the activities listed above

What Should be Reported Under the Act?

  • Information on corporate policies and due diligence related to forced labor and child labor
  • An assessment of risks within the business and its supply chain, and measures taken to remediate violations
  • Description of efforts to remediate potential loss of income to the most vulnerable families due to corporate action to eliminate forced and child labor
  • Outline the effectiveness of anti-slavery policies

Are you planning to meet the Act’s requirements? Our regulatory snapshot provides more details on what’s in scope and what’s required of your business: Canada Modern Slavery Act: Regulatory Snapshot