Minister Ng concludes productive visit to Washington, D.C.

News release

March 1, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Yesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, concluded a successful visit to Washington, D.C., where she reinforced the importance of the rules-based international order and ensuring international trade is inclusive, both of which will be crucial to a strong, sustainable, and inclusive global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

While in Washington, Minister Ng met with key leaders, including Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative and Senator Chuck Grassley. In both meetings, Minister Ng reiterated Canada’s steadfast support for Ukraine along with allies, including the United States.

As part of these meetings, Minister Ng also reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to defending the interests of Canadian workers and industry in working collaboratively with the United States on outstanding trade issues, and strengthening supply chains.

During her visit, Minister Ng delivered a keynote speech to The Wilson Centre on Canada’s international trade priorities, highlighting the importance of international collaboration and ensuring that rules-based trade provides benefits, opportunities, and protections across society, including for under-represented communities.

Minister Ng also participated in a virtual discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution to reaffirm the strength of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) as the cornerstone of the North American trading relationship, benefiting people, workers, and businesses across all three countries. 


“Trade between Canada and the United States remains as important for both nations as ever. Our two countries are stronger together. Canada is committed to building on our long-standing relationship to strengthen rules-based trade and to support jobs and business on both sides of the border.”

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

Quick facts

  • Canada and the United States share the longest and most secure border in the world, over which approximately $2.5 billion worth of goods and services cross daily.

  • In 2021, the United States remained Canada’s top merchandise trading partner in both goods and services. This includes the fact that Canada’s exports to the United States surpassed $450 billion dollars for the first time ever.

  • The new CUSMA entered into force on July 1, 2020.

  • North America has a combined GDP of nearly US$24 trillion and a population of 496 million.

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Alice Hansen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

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