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International Trade

Board members meet with Minister Ed Fast, Advocacy Days 2013

Communities of all sizes across Canada benefit from and contribute to Canada's international trade activities. To realize Canada's full economic potential, cities and communities must be full partners with the federal government to attract jobs and promote local businesses.

Recent trade agreements, for the first time ever, will include "sub-national procurement," these are municipal activities such 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.

FCM seeks to ensure that other orders of government are aware of the effects trade agreements may have on municipal operations, and urge them to draft trade agreements that reasonably minimize these impacts.

Canada's local governments look forward to implementing the federal Global Markets Action Plan, which recognizes the critical role cities and communities play in creating jobs and building Canada's long-term economic competitiveness.

Renewed FCM-DFATD Trade Joint Working Group

On November 19, 2014, The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and FCM President Brad Woodside announced the renewal of the Joint Working Group on International Trade in a joint statement.

The key objectives of the joint working group include:

  • developing joint initiatives to provide municipal officials with trade promotion tools and information on international trade agreements and opportunities
  • supporting FCM's efforts to attract job-creating investment in Canada
  • engaging FCM and its members on issues related to trade and investment, including market access and barriers to trade

The FCM-DFATD Joint Working Group on International Trade will allow for long-term dialogue on the role of municipalities in furthering Canadian trade and investment initiatives.

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

In October 2013, the Government of Canada announced that Canada and the European Union (EU) 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).

Page Updated: 05/08/2015