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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


MFAFT gets anxious as Caricom/Canada FTA deadline nears
The waiver which facilitates duty-free access to Canada’s market expired three months ago, but Canada is still according duty-free treatment to goods from Caricom under the Caribbean/Canada Trade Agreement, CaribCan, officials attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) say.
Doubt over Canada-Caricom trade talks
Negotiations on a trade agreement between Canada and Caricom countries have limped along for over five year and could fizzle out by the end of June—a “drop-dead” date now accepted by both sides.
Harper, Netanyahu sign broad agreement in Jerusalem meeting
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a wide-ranging set of bilateral goals Tuesday and agreed to expand a free trade pact during their meeting in Jerusalem.
Free trade’s tarnished silver anniversary
On the 25th anniversary of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, big corporations have gained at the expense of the public good.
Canada - Africa: Aggressively negotiating treaties
Canada’s Minister of international trade, Ed Fast explains the country’s strategic shift to link development aid with private sector investments.
Canada signs free trade deal with Honduras amid pre-electoral repression
Canada and Honduras inked a bilateral free trade agreement on November 5, amid political repression, increasing militarization, and controversial Canadian investment in the Central American nation.
Honduras accepts Canadian pork, beef, signs FTA
Honduras has granted full market access to Canada’s pork and beef as the two countries move to sign a new free trade pact.
Stephen Harper says EU-style deal not possible with China
A sweeping trade deal similar to the tentative agreement Canada has with the European Union wouldn’t be possible with China, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday.
Lose the double standard around foreign investment in Canada
Should the "right" of a foreign corporation to make a profit trump governments’ attempts to create local jobs, improve environmental regulations or establish laws that raise royalty rates? Most Canadians would say no. But that’s what their government is pushing poor countries to accept if they want Canadian investment.
First Nations loses bid to block Canada-China FIPA treaty
Canada’s Federal Court has dismissed an application by an aboriginal band in British Columbia to stay the Canada-China investment treaty until First Nations have been consulted.

    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