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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In a show of the importance the Canadian government places on relations with Brazil and Mercosur the delegation includes four cabinet ministers and a cadre of business leaders. Canada has reiterated its interest in reaching a trade agreement with Brazil and Mercosur, which will be one of the main points of the recently created Brazil-Canada CEO forum.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada plans to visit Honduras on August 12 to meet with President Porfirio Lobo. The trip, which is part of a tour to Latin America, which includes stops in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and lastly Honduras, will focus on developing economic and security ties and promoting democracy.
Hopes are high that Stephen Harper can help build Canada’s trade with Brazil, the world’s seventh-biggest economy, as he launches a Latin American tour this weekend.
The United States intends to offset the cost of entering into a new Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia by imposing a $5.50 fee on Canadian and Mexican travelers to the US.
Canada is expected to enter into negotiations toward a free trade
agreement with Tunisia next year, and is looking at another deal with Qatar.
Canada and Japan announced in February that they were formally studying the possibility of concluding a bilateral free trade agreement. In an email interview, Carin Holroyd, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo, discussed economic relations between Canada and Japan.
It’s been a year and a half since Canada and Panama signed a free-trade agreement that creates important opportunities for Canadian producers. Parliament should ratify it.
Last week Canadian negotiators met with their Honduran counterparts in Tegucigalpa to discuss a free trade agreement (FTA).
Canada and Morocco said on Thursday they will start talks on a free-trade agreement, a deal that the Canadian Wheat Board says is vital to maintaining its sales of durum wheat.
The free trade agreement between Jordan and Canada is moving through the Canadian approval process with very little resistance compared to FTAs signed with other countries.
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