Foreign Affairs Minister in Washington, D.C, to promote close Canada-United States ties

News Release

February 13, 2018 - Ottawa, Canada - Global Affairs Canada

Canada and the United States share a long-standing and deeply integrated trade relationship that supports good jobs on both sides of the border. The Government of Canada is determined to continue to work closely with the United States to strengthen the trade relationship and broaden opportunities for workers, businesses and middle-class families of both countries.

As part of ongoing efforts, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Washington, D.C., on February 14, 2018, to meet with key representatives from the U.S. administration and the Senate.

In her discussions, the Minister will emphasize the importance of NAFTA and Canada-United States trade as an engine of growth and prosperity for the people of both countries.


“The connections between Canada and the United States are as old as our countries themselves—from deep family ties to businesses that work back and forth across the border to the world’s most important trade relationship. For 24 years, NAFTA has helped our two countries create opportunities, well-paying jobs and a better life for Canadians and Americans. All of us benefit when we work together, and that will continue to be our focus.”

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

Quick Facts

  • Canada and the United States share the world’s longest secure border, 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 customer for the United States–larger than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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