Canada to welcome U.S. Secretary of State

News Release

December 15, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The close partnership between Canada and the United States is built on shared geography, values and economic interests. It allows the two countries to collaborate on important issues, including trade and investment, energy, the environment, border management, defence and security, and global cooperation.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will welcome Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State, to Ottawa on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

The visit will be an opportunity for the Minister and Secretary to discuss Canada-United States cooperation on important bilateral, regional and global issues that impact people in both countries.

While in Ottawa, Secretary Tillerson will also meet with the Cabinet Committee on Canada-United States Relations to discuss the two countries’ important security, trade and economic relationship. 

Information for media

Media representatives wishing to cover those portions of the visit that are open to the media will be required to show their Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery credentials. Those who are not members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery or previously accredited for this visit should email for accreditation. A full program will be available and shared via a media advisory on Monday, December 18, 2017. 


“I look forward to welcoming Secretary Tillerson to Ottawa next week for his first official visit to Canada as secretary of state. His visit is an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to Canadians and Americans and to strengthen our collaboration in addressing regional and global issues.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • Canada and the United States share values and interests on a range of international issues, including human rights, democracy, development, defence, nuclear non-proliferation and counterterrorism.

  • The two countries share the longest secure border in the world, over which approximately 400,000 people, and goods and services worth $2.4 billion, cross daily.

  • Canada and the United States share one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Canada is the largest market for the U.S.

  • Canada is the number one export destination for most American states, and cross-border trade and investment support nearly 9 million jobs in the United States.

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