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International Trade

Board members meet with Minister Ed Fast, Advocacy Days 2013

Global Markets Action Plan

In November 2013, the government of Canada announced a new Global Markets Action Plan for expanding Canada's trade network, strengthening our competitive position in our traditional markets, and extending our reach to new emerging markets.

The government's plan includes a commitment to "a strengthened and renewed structure with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to ensure that communities of all sizes across Canada benefit from, contribute to and work alongside the Government of Canada toward shared objectives."

See the statement by FCM President Claude Dauphin on the announcement of the New Global Markets Action Plan.


In October 2013, the government of Canada announced that Canada and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement in principle on a comprehensive trade agreement. 

See the statement by FCM President Claude Dauphin on the announcement of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

About the issue

Recent trade agreements, for the first time ever, will include "sub-national procurement," which refers to such municipal activities as the purchasing of supplies, the contracting of infrastructure projects and the delivery of municipal services like solid waste and water distribution. Up until these most recent negotiations, free trade agreements did not apply to municipal governments. This is changing, which means that municipalities must become more active participants in these negotiations.

FCM's position seeks to ensure that other orders of government are aware of the effects that any trade agreements may have on municipal operations and urge them to draft trade agreements that reasonably minimize these impacts. We strive to recognize and respect provincial, territorial and federal jurisdiction over trade, at the same time as vigorously asserting and protecting the municipal responsibility to respond to local interests and protect property tax payers.

Page Updated: 23/04/2014