Access to New Markets Around the World and the Elimination of Trade Barriers at Home
Canada is a trading nation, and agreements signed in recent years have created significant new market opportunities. Canadian businesses are eager to take advantage of these agreements but cannot do it alone.
Similarly, our domestic market represents a tremendous growth opportunity. However, internal trade barriers cost Canada’s economy more than $14 billion each year.
The next federal government must build on existing trade opportunities, open up new ones and make it easier for Canadians to do business with one another here at home.
HOW GOVERNMENT CAN PLAY ITS PART
We call on all federal parties to help diversify trade opportunities for Canadian businesses at home and abroad. We ask them to commit to:
Accelerating the process for additional countries to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Launching negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Tackling foreign industrial subsidies so Canadian companies can compete on a level playing field at home and abroad. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Protecting and expanding trade opportunities with the United Kingdom after its departure from the European Union. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Enhancing labour mobility and increasing the scope of mutual recognition of professional qualifications at home and abroad. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Promoting trade facilitation measures to ease the movement of goods across the border. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Developing a Canadian position in support of cross-border data flows in bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Tackling non-tariff barriers, particularly in the agriculture sector. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Developing concrete plans with clear timelines for creating the necessary infrastructure to get Canadian energy products to global markets. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Working with the provincial and territorial governments on the mutual recognition of regulations, rules and policies to allow for the free movement of labour, goods and services in Canada. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION
Conducting a full review of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) to ensure it:
Covers all sectors of the economy and includes all government entities, including ministries, Crown corporations and regional and local governments.
Institutes a dispute resolution mechanism that includes binding and enforceable powers.
Includes a specific focus on the removal of barriers to interprovincial trade in wine, beer and spirits.
Includes the elimination of non-tariff regulatory trade barriers through mutual recognition. READ FULL RECOMMENDATION