Canada

Canada has signed free trade agreements with the US, the US-and-Mexico (NAFTA), Costa Rica, Chile, Israel, Colombia, Peru and EFTA. It has also concluded talks with Jordan.

The government has also signed an Economic Framework Agreement with Japan and about 25 bilateral investment treaties.

Ottawa is currently in bilateral trade deal talks, or in the process of considering them, with Korea, Singapore, India, the so-called "Central America Four" (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua), the Dominican Republic, the Andean Community, CARICOM, Morocco and the EU (CETA).

last update: May 2012


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  • 24-Feb-2016 Lexology Canada and Hong Kong FIPA signed: A boost to the bilateral business relation
    FIPA sets out respective rights and reciprocal binding obligations for Canada and Hong Kong, including non-discriminatory treatment, minimum standard of treatment and dispute resolutions rules.
  • 19-Feb-2016 Rabble Needlessly complicated TPP rules have negative impacts on Canadian businesses
    Canada and Canadian businesses will be left to grapple with numerous different legal approaches and commitments to GIs arising from domestic rules, the various trade agreements, and side letters with one-third of TPP members.
  • 21-Jan-2016 Embassy What does China want in a free trade deal?
    It’s unclear where China’s requests end and its demands begin.
  • 21-Jan-2016 Embassy Lametti on CETA: ’We’ll get this deal to work’
    CETA, China, softwood lumber among government’s top trade priorities for 2016. Canada’s government is willing to address ISDS concerns.
  • 19-Jan-2016 Financial Post Free trade? CFIB finds it’s easier to import from the U.S. than to export to it if you are a small business
    Suzanne Paquin Leylekian regularly imports materials from Finland, China and other countries with which Canada has no free trade agreement.
  • 15-Jan-2016 The Globe and Mail China open to historic free-trade deal with Canada under certain provisos
    China wants to forge a trade deal with Canada but this will require Canadian concessions on investment restrictions and a commitment to build an energy pipeline to the coast.
  • 8-Jan-2016 Toronto Star Canada is on the road to freer trade with China
    “Restarting” the relationship with China is a major economic and foreign policy priority for the new prime minister, says a senior government official.
  • 7-Jan-2016 The Globe and Mail Trudeau sets sights on free-trade deal with China
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to play an activist role in promoting Canadian business and investment with a major trade mission to China and India and a keynote address to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
  • 28-Oct-2015 Edge The GNWT’s dangerous affair with China
    Why FIPA makes the territorial government’s hot pursuit of trade with this superpower toxic for the North.
  • 2-Oct-2015 The Star Selling Canada out, one deal at a time
    What little we know about the Harper government’s many international trade deals is cause for grave concern.
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