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CETA working as intended, federal government says

Meanwhile exporters continue to express concerns over its implementation

Canada’s international trade minister said the country’s free trade deal with the European Union is working as intended. Mary Ng, Canada’s minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, made the comments in a joint statement with the European Commission. European officials met virtually with Ng on March 25 to discuss progress of implementing the Comprehensive

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says there are some gains into how Canada’s U.K. quota is administered, but pointed to a growing beef trade deficit.

Feds consult on future of U.K. trade

The U.K. continuity deal, a planned bilateral trade agreement and the U.K.’s entry into CPTPP are all on the agenda

The federal government wants to know what Canadians think of the United Kingdom joining its Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). At the same time, it is also seeking opinions on entering a possible bilateral deal with the former European Union country. Canada’s trade with the U.K. is currently governed by the Canada-U.K. Trade Continuity Agreement


Steve Verheul, Canada's chief trade negotiator, says a trade ‘implementation’ position might be unworkable.

CAFTA calls for implementation officer

Canada’s chief trade negotiator says the position would create duplication and overlap

Canadian Agri-Food Trade Exporters (CAFTA) is calling for a trade implementation position within Global Affairs, but the country’s chief negotiator is already spilling cold water on the idea. In its list of priorities and policies for 2021, CAFTA says the creation of such a position is needed in Global Affairs Canada to monitor and facilitate engagement with

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Compensation programs hatched for feather sectors

On-farm investment, market development plans on deck

Long-awaited programs to make up for market share lost to imports under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact are set to roll out to Canada’s chicken, egg and turkey farmers. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and caucus colleagues on Tuesday announced the specific contents of her previously-pledged $691 million, 10-year compensation funding envelope: a Poultry and Egg

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Dairy farmers must register to get further trade compensation payouts

Expect letters soon explaining process, AgMin says

Dairy farmers wanting to get in on a three-year, $1.405 billion federal compensation program for market share lost to free trade deals must register for the program by March 31 in each of those years. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Tuesday laid out further specifics for the Dairy Direct Payment Program, which is set to


Dairy farmers will get $1.75 billion in direct cash compensation over four years instead of eight years.

Federal funds to be used to shore up dairy, eggs, chicken against foreign imports

The federal government announced $691 million in trade compensation for poultry and egg farmers, shortened payment timelines for dairy on November 28

Federal funding commitments to supply-managed farmers should go to increase sustainability and efficiency and to innovate in the face of increasing foreign competition, say Manitoba commodity groups. Money promised to egg farmers would be well spent on product research, increasing sustainability, and consumer awareness — such as trust-building work done by the Canadian Centre for

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Tighter timeline set for dairy farmers’ trade pact compensation

Feather sector compensation pledged with $691 million in programs

Compensation to Canada’s supply-managed farmers, to offset domestic market share dealt away in two recent free trade pacts, will now move more quickly to dairy farmers — and will take the form of new programs for feather sectors. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Saturday announced $1.405 billion in compensation, as pledged in August last

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Britain, Canada agree on post-Brexit rollover trade deal

Tailor-made comprehensive pact expected to follow

London/Toronto | Reuters — Britain and Canada struck a rollover trade deal on Saturday to protect the flow of almost $35 billion-worth of goods and services between them after Brexit, and vowed to start talks on a bespoke agreement next year. As Britain prepares to end its transition out of the European Union on Dec.


A post-Brexit deal in Britain with the European Union is being prioritized before any deal is likely to be reached with Canada.

Grim prospects of U.K.-Canada trade deal by end of year

The U.K. is preoccupied with ensuring there’s not a hard Brexit from the EU

As prospects of a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union collapse, there is growing doubt in a post-Brexit pact involving Canada being completed by the end of the year. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31 and is nearing the end of an 11-month implementation period where essentially agreements remain status quo while the U.K. negotiates a more permanent

To counter the growing prevalence of nationalistic policies, Canada is leading supportive countries in a WTO reform effort known as the Ottawa Group.

Uncertainty in global markets continues with pandemic

Protectionist policies could exacerbate food insecurity globally

The impact of COVID-19’s second wave is continuing to cause uncertainty in global markets. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), between October 2019 and May 2020, G20 economies implemented 154 new trade or related measures, finding 95 to be trade facilitating and 59 as trade restrictive. “In the early stages of the pandemic, several