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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British Columbia and Alberta have signed an economic partnership with Saskatchewan that creates Canada’s biggest interprovincial free trade market and is designed to promote trade with Asia.
A Canada-US deal on ’Buy American’ trade restrictions opens the door for more sweeping liberalization of provincial and territorial procurement policies, including momentum for a proposed trade deal with the European Union. Union and anti-free-trade groups have slammed the deal.
US farmers will gain duty-free access for their grain in 2016 because of the US-Morocco free-trade deal. "Canadian farmers really need a similar deal to level the playing field," says the Canadian Wheat Board.
Canada’s farmers and farm machinery makers are among the expected beneficiaries from the launch of talks toward a free trade agreement (FTA) with Ukraine.
William Dymond recalls the heady excitement of early 1997. Brazil’s president was bound for Ottawa, and Canada was pushing for a free-trade agreement with South America’s largest country.
The five free-trade agreements Canada signed during the last two years (Colombia, Jordan, European Free Trade Association, Peru and Panama) are commendable, but symptomatic of a trade agenda that lacks focus and direction. Canada’s trade agenda seems driven by political considerations, rather than upgrading national competitiveness.
The free trade agreement between Canada and Panama signed Aug. 11 may be stalled or even defeated in Canada’s Parliament unless Prime Minister Stephen Harper can convince at least one opposition party to overcome concerns about Panama’s tax policies.
Panama and Canada on Tuesday signed a free trade agreement (FTA) after the conclusion of bilateral trade talks.
All senators but one were more concerned about investor protections for Canadian oil and mining companies, and why Canada did not get as good a deal as the US on pork and other agricultural exports, than they were with the fact that communities in the Amazon were protesting against the current and future presence of these very corporations on their ancestral lands.
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