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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


Sold down the Yangtze: Canada’s lopsided investment deal with China
In Sold Down the Yangtze, investment treaty expert Gus Van Harten offers a searing critique of Canada’s 31-year investment deal with China, which could end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars.
Failed Free-Trade Agreement negotiations between Caricom, Canada disappointing — Bartlett
Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade Edmund Bartlett is expressing disappointment at the failed Free-Trade Agreement negotiations between Caricom and Canada.
PH, Canada mull free trade pact
Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have agreed to explore the possibility of forging a free trade agreement.
Ukraine intends to sign FTA agreement with Canada, says economy minister
The signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) between Ukraine and Canada will promote an increase in goods turnover between the two countries and the inflow of Canadian investment to Ukraine, Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Minister Aivaras Abromavicius has said.
Harper goverment talks free trade in Kiev as fighting intensifies
Canada’s International Trade Minister will be in Kiev to talk free trade with his counterpart as fighting intensifies between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the embattled country.
Canada considers free trade with Thailand despite internal warnings
The Canadian government is exploring the idea of free trade with Thailand despite internal warnings from Foreign Affairs officials that Ottawa should hold back while the Asian country remains under control of a military junta.
First Nations puts China on notice over Canada-China FIPA
Both the Hupacasath First Nation and the Onihcikiskwapowin have sent letters to the Premier of China stating that they do not recognise the bilateral investment treaty signed between Canada and China.
Hupacasath First Nation puts China on notice over FIPA
The Hupacasath First Nation put the Chinese government on notice today, stating it does not acknowledge the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) ratified by Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month.
FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations
Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and its future impact on Canada and First Nations.
Six steps to protect Canadians from flaws in China trade deal
Trade treaty expert Van Harten lays out ways FIPA governments can ’disclose, monitor, and limit the harm done by this treaty.’

    Links


  • Canada’s BITs and FTAs
    Canada’s bilateral investment treaties (Foreign Investment Protection and Promotions Acts) and free trade agreements
  • CUPE
    Canadian Union of Public Employees’s trade webpage
  • RQIC
    Le Réseau Québécois sur l’Intégration Continentale fait campagne contre les accords de libre-échange