As previously reported, Japan has commenced a complaint before the World Trade Organization regarding Ontario’s green strategy. Japan alleges that Ontario’s plan to give a preference to local suppliers of green technology constitutes an illegal subsidy under WTO rules.

The United States and the European Union have now filed notices with the World Trade Organization that they intend to join in Japan’s complaint.

Ontario’s Energy Minister, Brad Duguid, continues to state that “Our position is that Ontario's Green Energy Act is consistent with Canada's international trade obligations under the WTO.”