The inquiry of ministry posed by Conservative MP Kyle Seeback asked:
Public Safety to detail how many times such goods have been intercepted or seized at points of entry by the Canada Border Services Agency or the RCMP, the details of the products, including the point of entry and if any resulting charges were laid. According to Public Safety, neither the Canada Border Services Agency nor the RCMP have made any confiscations or laid any charges.
However, in November 2021, a spokesperson for the CBSA told the Globe and Mail that officials had seized a shipment of Chinese-made women’s and children’s clothing headed to Quebec on suspicion it had been “manufactured or produced wholly or in part by forced labour.”
That seizure occurred on or before November 3, 2021.
Parliament outlawed the importation of goods made using forced labour in 2021.
According to a study of supply chain risks of forced labour conducted by the federal government:
There is documented evidence of human rights violations in the People’s Republic of China against members of the Uyghur ethnic minority and other minorities within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) that includes repressive surveillance, mass arbitrary detention, torture and mistreatment, forced labour, and mass transfers of forced labourers from Xinjiang to provinces across China. It is illegal for a Canadian firm to import goods mined, manufactured or produced wholly or in part by forced labour.
In 2021, Canadian women's wear retailer Reitmans severed its relationship with Dandong Huayang Textiles and Garment Co Ltd, a factory on the Chinese border with North Korea, and will give all remaining garments made by the supplier to charity after it was uncovered the supplier was using forced labour in factories.