Canada’s Minister of International Trade has launched the fifth round of negotiations toward a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU).  Negotiations towards the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU began October 2009.


The Minister stated that a Canada-EU agreement will give Canada preferential access to one of the largest markets in the world, and will help the Canadian economy grow by $12 billion annually.


Canada is the EU’s 11th most important trading partner, accounting for 1.8% of the region’s total external trade in 2009. The EU is Canada’s second biggest trading partner with a 10.5% share of its total external trade.


Companies are invited to participate in an information session hosted by IE Canada on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 8:00 to 12:00 in Montréal.  Negotiators from the Québec government and International Trade Canada will be discussing how to prepare for the CETA.  Registration information is available from IE Canada by contacting [email protected], 514-318-3924.


Additional information on CETA is available at:

Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement