Ensuring Canadian agriculture is represented in trade negotiations.
- Agriculture and agri-food systems generated $106.9 billion in 2013, accounting for 6.7% of Canada’s GDP.
- Agriculture provides one in eight jobs in Canada, employing over 2.2 million people.
- The performance of the agriculture and agri-food system depends on their ability to compete in both domestic and international markets.
- Canada was the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products in 2013, with 3.5% of the total value of world agriculture exports.
- The U.S. is Canada’s most important export destination accounting for 50.8% of total Canadian exports. China accounts for 11.2%, while Japan, E.U., and Mexico account for 17% combined.
Working Toward Solutions:
Agriculture and trade negotiations are among the key topics addressed in advocacy meetings with parliamentarians and government officials. We also bring recommendations forward in presentations on the Hill and at industry conferences and other meetings.
CFA conducted a US farm tour in late April 2017 to strengthen the Canada-US trade relationships which included meetings with US farm organizations in California, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin.
- Provide real and meaningful market access opportunities for our export-oriented sectors, such as red meats, grains and oil seeds.
- Fully mitigate any potential losses supply-managed sectors face as a result of Canada–EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and Transpacific Partnership (TPP).
- Address the leaks in current import controls for supply managed products.
- Work with other parties to revive the TPP.
- If TPP fails, secure a trade agreement with Japan.
- Engage in bi-lateral trade discussions with China.
- Ensure that access gained through current trade agreements is not eroded by non-tariff barriers and focus on regulatory harmonization in those agreements.
- Include regulatory alignment in any future trade deals.
- Avoid re-negotiation of the agricultural components of NAFTA.
- Maintain, and build on, the agricultural benefits of NAFTA which have grown significantly over the years.
- Focus on regulatory harmonization without compromising health, safety and the environment.
- Eliminate non-tariff trade barriers.