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 – they either export their products or sell them domestically at prices set by the international market-place. 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.
Canada has put in place the most ambitious trade agenda this country has seen in a generation. CAFTA seeks free and fair trade access through FTA’s with the European Union, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Japan, China, and India. These deals, combined, could increase Canada’s $44 billion agri-food exports significantly.