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March 12, 2018

The latest on the Canada-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (brought to you by Global Affairs Canada)

On March 9 2018, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, welcomed the agreement to launch negotiations toward a comprehensive Canada-Mercosur free trade agreement (FTA). Canada is committed to securing new progressive trade agreements in fast-growing markets, such as the Mercosur trade bloc—Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay—to deliver more benefits for hard-working Canadians. Trade diversification will continue to drive economic growth, help businesses succeed abroad and create new middle-class jobs.

A comprehensive, ambitious and progressive FTA with Mercosur would provide improved market access for world-class Canadian goods and create more opportunities for established and first-time exporters to tap a rapidly growing market. Canadian exporters in sectors such as energy, the extractive industries, infrastructure, environment, telecommunications, distribution and logistics, transportation and tourism could benefit from preferential access to a fast-growing market of over 260 million consumers. A successful FTA also has the potential to provide Canadian consumers and businesses with enhanced access to imports of goods and services from Mercosur countries.

The first round of FTA negotiations will take place in Ottawa from March 20 to 23, 2018.

For more detail and background check out the Global Affairs Canada website

Business Delegation to France – April 15-17, 2018 – Led by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne – Minister of International Trade – Registration now open!

Are you looking to pursue business opportunities in France? The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is looking for innovative organizations in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and clean technology to join a minister-led business delegation to Paris, France in April.

Why Participate?

  • The AI market in France presents opportunities for Canadian companies to work with local firms and organizations to integrate AI into their production and marketing processes as well as to discuss technological partnerships between Canadian and French centers of expertise or universities.
  • France’s Climate Plan and Big Investment Plan (2018-2022) will present business and partnering opportunities for Canadian clean technology and renewable energy organizations.
  • The implementation of some provisions of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) opens the door for Canadian organizations to enter and expand in the French market.
  • Leverage the support of the Government of Canada and its network of Trade Commissioners in France to increase the profile of your company.

To register and for additional information, visit

Registration deadline:  March 21, 2018

Brought to you by the Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada