Foreign Affairs Minister to hold meetings in Washington on Canada-United States trade

News release

March 12, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is committed to strengthening its important economic relationship with the United States and to creating new opportunities for workers and businesses on both sides of the border.

As part of these efforts, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will be in Washington, D.C., for meetings on March 13 and 15, 2018. The Minister will meet with Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative; Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means; and Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, as well as with other government representatives, representatives from the International Monetary Fund and, U.S. senators.

While in Washington, the Minister will advance Canada’s efforts to keep trade open, fair and barrier-free, to benefit people on both sides of the border. The Minister will also reiterate Canada’s commitment to conclude a modernized NAFTA that is a win-win-win for Canadians, Americans and Mexicans.‎


“Canada and the United States have the greatest economic partnership of any two countries in the world. We are energetically at work modernizing and updating NAFTA in a way that upholds and defends the best interests of Canadians. We know a fair deal, a win-win-win deal, is within reach. That is what we are working toward. Canada is absolutely committed to this outcome, and we are working tirelessly to achieve it.”

-       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 $2.5 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 United States, with US$283 billion worth of goods exported to Canada in 2017—more than China and Japan, and the UK 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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