Part 6 – Division 22
Overview: Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act, 2006
The amendments will clarify existing mechanisms through which revenue transfers to provinces are undertaken under section 99 of the Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act and through which administration and litigation costs to the federal government relating to the Softwood Lumber Agreement, 2006 (SLA) are recovered.
The amendments clarify that costs incurred by the federal government which have not been recovered from a province in a given quarter of a fiscal year will be brought forward into the next quarter. These costs will then be deducted from any export charge revenue transfers to that province in future quarters. As well, the amendments clarify that provinces can make voluntary payments to the Government of Canada to pay off their accrued balance.