Minister Ng highlights global market opportunities with Canadian and Australian business leaders

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June 29, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Helping Canada’s businesses collaborate and access new markets is key to driving economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, met with members of the Business Council of Canada and the Business Council of Australia, as well as with CEOs from Canadian and Australian companies, to discuss ways both countries can continue to support businesses as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and create long-term growth.

Minister Ng was joined by Dan Tehan, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment; Mark Glauser, High Commissioner of Canada in Australia; and Natasha Smith, Australia’s High Commissioner to Canada, to identify new opportunities for businesses and governments to work together to facilitate commercial relationships.

Minister Ng delivered opening remarks at the event, highlighting her commitment to increasing cooperation between Canada and Australia. She said this includes fostering sector-to-sector collaborations and shared goals on growing trade in the Indo-Pacific, and the need to continue working hand in hand to support rules-based international trade in the months and years to come.

The round table comes a month after the first meeting of the Canada-Australia Trade Ministers Dialogue, a standing set of trade talks with the goal of building on a shared commitment to deepen Canada and Australia’s strong bilateral relationship.


“Canada and Australia have a long and storied history when it comes to trade. Minister Tehan and I are dedicated to seeing this relationship grow through new ideas, collaborations, and business opportunities that will benefit Canadians and Australians alike. Hearing directly from our business leaders about the issues they face and the support they need to succeed in the global marketplace is the best way to find real solutions and drive real results.”

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

Quick facts

  •  In 2020, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Australia remained stable at a value of $4.5 billion and two-way trade in services was valued at nearly $2 billion.

  • Canada’s first full-time trade commissioner, John Short Larke, arrived in Sydney, Australia, on January 8, 1895.

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