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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


Unbalanced free trade deals costing us jobs
Rebuilding a strong, vibrant and innovative manufacturing sector in Canada by signing more free trade agreements is like saying our society can be healthier if only we ate more chocolate. It’s backwards logic.
Free trade with Japan will only worsen trade deficit, CAW president says
Canadian Auto Workers president Ken Lewenza is raising serious objections to the new free trade discussions with Japan, charging that a free trade deal with Japan is unnecessary and would hurt the Canadian economy.
Canadian prime minister says free trade pact with Thailand to be negotiated
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his country will hold exploratory talks with Thailand on a free trade agreement.
Push for free trade requires second thought
Canada is a trading nation, with one-third of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) coming from our exports. Of course, it should come as no surprise that the U.S. and Mexico make up a large proportion of this trade (approximately 76 per cent).
Harper to announce free-trade talks with Japan
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to announce free-trade negotiations with Japan when he heads to Asia for a summit in March — talks that could be the ticket into a more important economic club.
No Trade with Apartheid! Against the expansion of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement
Last fall, the Conservative government announced plans to expand the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), a set of policies that serves to further legitimize Israeli occupation and apartheid, and deepen Canadian corporate and state involvement in Israeli racism and colonialism.
Contre l’expansion de l’accord de libre-échange Canada-Israël (Hiver 2012)
L’automne dernier, le gouvernement conservateur a annoncé qu’il planifiait l’expansion de l’Accord de libre-échange Canada-Israël (ALÉCI), un ensemble de procédures qui servent à légitimer davantage l’occupation et l’apartheid israélien, et renforce la participation de certaines compagnies ainsi que du gouvernement canadien a la politique de racisme et de colonialisme prôné par Israël.
China and Canada set for free trade talks as Harper pens multibillion-dollar deals
China and Canada declared Thursday that bilateral relations have reached “a new level” following a series of multibillion-dollar trade and business agreements to ship additional Canadian petroleum, uranium and other products to the Asian superpower.
Harper government on a free-trade frenzy
Deals could have profound effects on jobs, privacy, costs, food and health care
Canada and Japan explore bilateral trade deal
Canada and Japan have agreed to decide soon whether to negotiate a bilateral economic partnership agreement, and Canada also aims to complete a free trade agreement with India by 2013, government officials said on Wednesday.

    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