Minister Joly to travel to Mexico and United States

News release

November 15, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will be travelling to Mexico City, Mexico, on November 15, 2021 and to Washington D.C. on November 17-18, 2021.

 Minister Joly will meet with His Excellency, Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the United Mexican States, for the first time as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During her meeting, the Minister will highlight the importance of our countries’ partnership on mutual priorities such as, North American competitiveness and the importance of a concerted approach regarding the global challenges of our times such as climate change.They will also address indigenous reconciliation and feminist policies.

 Minister Joly will also be participating in a roundtable discussion with Canadian Business Leaders, as well as a meeting with Indigenous Representatives.

 Following her trip to Mexico, the Minister will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Washington, D.C., to participate in the North American Leaders' Summit taking place on November 18, 2021.


“Canada and Mexico’s deep ties are founded by our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. I look forward to discussing with His Excellency, Marcelo Ebrard, and explore how we can expand our partnership both bilaterally and within the North American alliance.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • This will be the first time that Minister Joly meets His Excellency, Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the United Mexican States.

  • Canadian trade and investment with Mexico is steadily growing, with over $36 billion in two-way merchandise trade in 2020.

  • Mexico is one of Canada’s Top 10 export destinations and is Canada’s third largest single-country merchandise trading partner.

  • Prior to the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Canadians travelled to Mexico. Despite the pandemic, Mexico was the second largest source country of travellers to Canada in 2020.

  • Over 300 MOUs between Canadian and Mexican higher education institutions facilitate academic exchanges, making Mexico Canada's second largest source country for international students in Latin American with over 12,000 Mexican students in Canada in 2019 and over 10,000 in 2020.

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