Minister Ng highlights Canada’s continued support for businesses during the APEC Business Advisory Council Digital Symposium  

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March 10, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – News Release

As Canada continues to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and look forward to recovery, it is more important than ever that Canadian businesses have the support they need to start up, scale-up, and grow across Canada and around the world, creating jobs, and strengthening the middle class.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Digital Symposium. Minister Ng highlighted Canada’s commitment to continue growing and diversifying trade, the government’s continued support for small and medium businesses through the pandemic, and Canada’s commitment to an inclusive and sustainable recovery through international trade.

She noted the need to strengthen our multilateral institutions, such as APEC, as they are vital to supporting rule-based trade, keeping supply chains open, and giving Canadian businesses the tools and resources they need to grow internationally while anchoring their success in Canada.

The APEC Business Advisory Council provides an important bridge between Canadian business leaders and their counterparts in the Asia-Pacific region to help them explore new opportunities to work together. It also advises APEC Leaders on how to best support businesses – including in these challenging times and into the global economic recovery.


“It is crucial that Canada continues to explore all avenues for businesses to recover from the impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring a strong, inclusive rule-based trading system is key to Canada and the Asia-Pacific’s economic growth and future success. I am pleased that ABAC is providing such a great support for Canadian and Asia-Pacific businesses, which will be instrumental as we move forward and build an inclusive and sustainable global recovery.” 

- The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Quick facts

  • The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was established in 1989 and has become the preeminent economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region. 

  • Canada supports APEC’s goal of free and open trade to bolster prosperity for the region and beyond.

  • APEC Leaders established the APEC Business Advisory Council in 1995 as the private-sector arm of APEC to advise Leaders on issues of interest to business.

  • Canada continues to work to strengthen our trade relationships with the dynamic and fast-growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Youmy Han
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Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

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