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
"This isn’t a matter of the big bad Chinese coming and throwing oil all over our beavers and mounties, this is about (for the ten trillionth time in this country’s history) a fundamental disrespect for First Nations people, upon whose land we are developing a multi-billion dollar energy extraction industry."
Despite public outcry, Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, ratified a controversial treaty on Friday that will allow China to sue Canada in secret tribunals to repeal Canadian laws that interfere with Chinese investments.
Sources tell CBC the federal government will quietly announce it is ratifying the investment treaty later this afternoon.
This week, hundreds of negotiators from 11 Asia-Pacific countries descend on Ottawa as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, viewed as the next big free trade deal after the European pact known as CETA.
The Harper government’s vaunted free trade agenda is either a roaring success or hopelessly stalled — and given that government officials aren’t commenting, even experts in the field are having trouble deciding which.
Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast said he will continue to lobby South African leaders about the benefits of bilateral investment treaties, despite their rejection of the idea. Canada signed a BIT with Burkina Faso this month and Fast announced this week that Madagascar is moving toward a similar deal with Canada.
It’s a repeat of the polarizing 2010 Canada-Colombia trade deal debate. Supporters find it obvious that expected increases in bilateral trade and investment can only improve lives in Honduras while opponents see a validation of the violent and undemocratic governance that’s prevailed in the country since a 2009 coup removed Manuel Zelaya.
A court hearing on June 10 was the second attempt by the Hupacasath and their allies to claim Section 35 rights to be consulted over the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA)
Canada’s Prime Minister may announce the conclusion of marathon trade negotiations with the European Union in Brussels on June 4-5, when he’s in town for a previously scheduled G7 leaders meeting. Then again, he may not.
Less than two months remain to the agreed deadline for the conclusion of talks on a free-trade agreement between CARICOM and Canada, and the tensions are showing.
Canada’s bilateral investment treaties (Foreign Investment Protection and Promotions Acts) and free trade agreements
Canadian Union of Public Employees’s trade webpage
Le Réseau Québécois sur l’Intégration Continentale fait campagne contre les accords de libre-échange