The Canadian government is planning to eliminate all remaining tariffs on imported textiles in a bid to reduce production costs and provide a competitive edge for the Canadian apparel industry.

The proposals are part of commitments made in this year's Budget to identify additional areas where tariff relief could be provided.

Items including wool, cotton, and vegetable textile fibres; man-made textiles; lace, trimmings and embroidery; coated and laminated fabrics; knitted or crocheted fabrics are included in the scheme.

The government is now seeking views on its plans to end Most-Favoured-Nation tariff, with interested parties invited to contribute before 6 November.

However, while the initiative aims to eliminate many of the remaining duties on textiles used to manufacture apparel, tariff elimination is not automatic.

Companies need to make requests to the Department of Finance if they want the duty savings on yarns and fabrics to be implemented.

The government will also consider requests for continued tariff protection for specific products, but any duties that remain in place following this consultation would be phased out over a period of up to five years.