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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

Photo: Creative Commons CC0


Trudeau’s China trip sparks fears of bad deal for workers
Beijing’s trade agreement with Australia allows Chinese companies to use their own workers. Is Canada next?
Prime Minister Trudeau signs Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement
The trade deal is seen as politically important given Ukraine’s efforts to escape from Russia’s influence.
Ukraine and Canada ink memorandum on export support, trade and investment
Ukrainian officials expect to sign a free trade agreement with Canada on 11-12 July - during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit to Ukraine.
Canada and Hong Kong FIPA signed: A boost to the bilateral business relation
FIPA sets out respective rights and reciprocal binding obligations for Canada and Hong Kong, including non-discriminatory treatment, minimum standard of treatment and dispute resolutions rules.
Needlessly complicated TPP rules have negative impacts on Canadian businesses
Canada and Canadian businesses will be left to grapple with numerous different legal approaches and commitments to GIs arising from domestic rules, the various trade agreements, and side letters with one-third of TPP members.
What does China want in a free trade deal?
It’s unclear where China’s requests end and its demands begin.
Lametti on CETA: ’We’ll get this deal to work’
CETA, China, softwood lumber among government’s top trade priorities for 2016. Canada’s government is willing to address ISDS concerns.
Free trade? CFIB finds it’s easier to import from the U.S. than to export to it if you are a small business
Suzanne Paquin Leylekian regularly imports materials from Finland, China and other countries with which Canada has no free trade agreement.
China open to historic free-trade deal with Canada under certain provisos
China wants to forge a trade deal with Canada but this will require Canadian concessions on investment restrictions and a commitment to build an energy pipeline to the coast.
Canada is on the road to freer trade with China
“Restarting” the relationship with China is a major economic and foreign policy priority for the new prime minister, says a senior government official.

    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