Minister Champagne concludes visit to Germany and Belgium

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Canada working with international partners to help businesses succeed and grow

May 13, 2022 – Brussels, Belgium

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, concluded a visit to Germany and Belgium, where he met with key business and political leaders.

In Germany, Minister Champagne met with industry leaders in key sectors to promote Canada as a reliable, stable and attractive economic partner, as well as a hub of expertise for zero-emission vehicles manufacturing; electric vehicle research; and battery, fuel cell and hydrogen production. In Berlin, he met with the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr. Robert Habeck, as well as senior economic and political advisor to German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz. Together, they discussed energy security as well as enhancing economic cooperation amid Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

The Minister also attended the G7 Digital Ministers’ meeting in Düsseldorf, where he discussed how to address global challenges related to the development, adoption and use of digital technologies with his international counterparts, including Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov.

G7 Digital Ministers also underscored the importance of digital trust and cyber resilience and agreed to facilitate cross-border data transfers, support competitive digital markets and promote the use of electronic transferable records to facilitate international trade. 


“European companies recognize that Canada is one of the best places in the world to do business. This week was an opportunity to make the case for Canada as a competitive investment destination, including in clean technology, automotive and battery supply chains. In Düsseldorf, with my G7 counterparts, we committed to ensuring that everyone can benefit from new digital technologies that drive innovation. I will continue to work tirelessly to attract more investments to Canada that will create well-paying jobs and spur economic growth.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry


Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is committed to attracting private sector investment and working with industries and businesses to help them make the investments they need to innovate, grow, create jobs and be competitive in the changing global economy.

  • G7 members work together to ensure a responsible digital transformation. Their work is intended to keep pace with technological developments and new business models, as well as address their impact on business and society. The G7’s constructive collaboration ensures digital technologies are being developed in accordance with the shared values and the needs of open and democratic societies.

  • G7 Digital Ministers cooperate closely in the area of standards and technical regulation, endorse free and secure data flows internationally, and agree that creating a safe online environment for Internet users is a key component of digital inclusion.

  • On May 11, the government launched the Canadian Industry for Ukraine donation portal. Through this new online portal, Canadian businesses can provide offers of high-priority goods and services to support displaced Ukrainians and the organizations providing aid and resettlement services.

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Laurie Bouchard
Senior Manager, Communications
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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