Minister Petitpas Taylor to advocate Canada-United States trade in New Hampshire

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May 2, 2018 - Ottawa, Canada - Health Canada

Canada and the United States share one of the most mutually beneficial economic relationships in the world. Canada is the number one market for most U.S. states and is among the top three customers for almost all states. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening this important relationship and to creating new opportunities for workers and businesses on both sides of the border.

As part of these efforts, this week the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, will visit Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire, where she will attend a State Trade Official Lunch Roundtable and deliver remarks at a reception with political and business leaders hosted by David Alward, Consul General of Canada in Boston. Minister Petitpas Taylor will also meet with Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the New Hampshire-Canada Trade Council. The Minister's remarks will stress the importance of NAFTA as an engine of growth and prosperity for New Hampshire.

While in New Hampshire, Minister Petitpas Taylor will visit the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute to learn about its work in engineered tissues and tissue-related technologies. She will also meet with Jeffrey Meyers, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to discuss the opioid crisis in North America. Before returning to Canada, the Minister will make a stop in Boston for a meeting with Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts.


"Canada and New Hampshire share a border and long history of friendship and family connections. I am pleased to be visiting the "Granite State" to promote trade and investment. Canadian and New Hampshire businesses already trade and invest across the border, supporting good middle class jobs in both countries. A modernized NAFTA will strengthen and increase this prosperity."

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health

"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 towards. Canada is absolutely committed to this outcome and we are working tirelessly to achieve it."

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Canada is New Hampshire's #1 trading partner and #1 export destination.

  • In 2017, bilateral goods trade between Canada and New Hampshire reached just over US$6 billion.

  • Trade and investment with Canada supports 39,000 jobs in New Hampshire.

  • NAFTA is the biggest and most comprehensive economic region in the world with a regional market of 480 million consumers and a combined GDP of US$21 trillion.

  • Canada and the United States share the world's longest secure border, over which approximately 400,000 people, and goods and services worth $1.7 billion USD, 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.

  • Millions of good, middle-class jobs on both sides of the border depend on our partnership. In the United States alone, nearly 9 million jobs are linked to Canadian trade and investment.

  • 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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