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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

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Stephen Harper discusses free trade agreement with new Japanese Prime Minister
The prime minister and his Japanese counterpart have pledged to work together to reach a comprehensive free trade agreement between the two countries.
First Nations seek to hold up ratification of Canada-China foreign investment treaty
First Nations groups have added their voices to opposition to Canada’s planned foreign investment agreement with China, notifying the Harper government they are going to court in an attempt to hold up ratification of the controversial treaty.
Canada, Benin sign investment protection agreement
The Canada-Benin Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement includes an article on corporate social responsibility, which Canada now aims to include in all its future FIPAs.
Canada-China investment treaty should be delayed – Suzuki
Should the government of Canada sign agreements if they subject our workers to unfair competition from lower-paid employees from investor nations, hinder our ability to protect the environment or give foreign companies and governments excessive control over local policies and valuable resources?, asks David Suzuki
Tom Mulcair’s NDP takes ’vigorously pro-trade’ position
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives may have to change the script for their smear campaign against Tom Mulcair, at least when it comes to the NDP leader’s supposed anti-trade "extremism."
Canadian Parliament backs Panama FTA
Canada’s Minister for International Trade, Ed Fast, has confirmed that the Canadian House of Commons has approved a law that would bring a new free trade agreement between Canada and Panama into force.
Free-trade agreement with Canada to open up new markets in Jordan
Mohammed Abu Hassan owns a small shoe factory in the Sahab Industrial Zone on the eastern edge of Jordan’s capital, Amman. He is struggling to keep his factory open and is worried that the government’s new FTA with Canada could put him out of business.
Canada joins Trans-Pacific trade talks, seeks markets outside US
Seeking to reduce its reliance on the sluggish U.S. market, Canada has formally joined 10 other nations in talks on creating an Asia Pacific free trade agreement, the government said on Tuesday.
FM, Canadian trade minister discuss ties
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Saturday discussed with Canadian minister of International Trade Ed Fast economic ties between the two countries as a Jordanian-Canadian Free Trade Agreement FTA goes into force early next month.
China calls for free-trade deal with Canada within a decade
Canada and China should move quickly toward a free-trade agreement, Beijing’s ambassador has urged, insisting it would provide a longer-term solution to questions about two-way investment sparked by the $15-billion Chinese takeover bid for Alberta oil firm Nexen Inc.

    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