Trade is critical to Canada’s agri-food sector. Canadian farmers and food processors, and in turn Canada’s national, provincial and rural economies, depend on trade. Across Canada, 9 out of every 10 farms are dependent on export markets. This represents 220,000 farms and includes a majority of farms in every province.
CAFTA’s main goal is to see the completion of an ambitious multi-lateral trade deal through the World Trade Organization (WTO). CAFTA believes that a multi-lateral trade deal is the only way to fully resolve imbalances in trade and the full range of issues that impact agri-food trade around the globe. CAFTA continues to encourage the Canadian government to work with other WTO countries to breathe new life into the WTO Doha talks.
Beyond the WTO, CAFTA works closely with federal and provincial governments to ensure Canada has an aggressive bi-lateral trade agenda and to promote the importance of trade to Canada’s agri-food sector.
CAFTA seeks free and fair trade access to the world’s largest markets (Europe, Japan, China, India, etc) through free trade discussions and free trade agreements (FTA)’s such as the Canada-European Union FTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
These deals, combined, could increase Canada’s $56 billion agri-food exports significantly.