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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


Chile, Canada expand free trade pact
Canada and Chile marked the 10th anniversary of their free trade agreement Tuesday, vowing to expand the accord to financial services and other areas.
Canada can help counter Chavez’s mischief
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper departs upon his first official visit to Latin America this weekend, he will likely make a better impression than did Pierre Trudeau on his own visit to South America.
Canada, Jordan mull free trade agreement
Canada and Jordan are exploring the possibility of a free trade agreement and could begin negotiations next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday.
Canada: Trade deals may become socially responsible
As the Canadian government prepares to launch free trade talks with a host of developing countries, it is quietly weighing private sector attitudes on including references to corporate social responsibility in the deals.
Free trade deals stymied by domestic barriers
When International Trade Minister David Emerson announced earlier this month Canada’s first free trade agreement in six years, he said the deal, combined with the government’s intentions to conclude ongoing talks with several other trading partners and start a host of new negotiations, was a sign that Canada was "back in the game."
We can’t win the race for trade deals
David Emerson, minister of international trade, announced last week that Canada has successfully concluded a free trade agreement with the members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. This is Canada’s first FTA in six years, and it took nine years to negotiate.
Four trade deals on the horizon
International Trade Minister David Emerson says the successful completion of Canada’s first free trade deal in six years will signal the country’s re-emergence as a player on the global trade scene.
Dominican Republic’s Free Trade with Canada would boost investments
Dominican Republic could become a key regional center for the re-export of merchandise and services, through the mechanisms in the United States-Mexico-Canada trade triangle after it signs free trade pacts with the two latter countries, said the Foreign Ministry’s head of Trade Negotiations today.
Canada needs more trade deals
Free trade with Iceland and Liechtenstein is not exactly a hot political topic in Canada. But last week, Canada announced a deal with those two little countries along with Norway and Sweden - together they refer to themselves, rather grandly, as the European Free Trade Association. It’s not much, but it’s more than this country has accomplished in the trade arena is some time. Trade Minister David Emerson says there’s more to come, to which Canadian exporters and consumers can only say: "It’s about time."
Feds to ease out tariff
The Canadian shipbuilding industry’s feared loss of a protective tariff has come to pass and now the industry will have three years to adjust to new market conditions.

    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