International Trade


Ensuring Canadian agriculture is represented in trade negotiations.


Quick Facts:

  • Agriculture and agri-food systems generated $106.9 billion in 2013, accounting for 6.7% of Canada’s GDP.
  • Agriculture provides one in eight jobs in Canada, employing over 2.2 million people.
  • The performance of the agriculture and agri-food system depends on their ability to compete in both domestic and international markets.
  • Canada was the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products in 2013, with 3.5% of the total value of world agriculture exports.
  • The U.S. is Canada’s most important export destination accounting for 50.8% of total Canadian exports. China accounts for 11.2%, while Japan, E.U., and Mexico account for 17% combined.

Working toward solutions:

Agriculture and trade negotiations are among the key topics addressed in advocacy meetings with parliamentarians and government officials. We also bring recommendations forward in presentations on the Hill and at industry conferences and other meetings.


CFA Recommendations:

  • Provide real and meaningful market access opportunities for our export-oriented sectors, such as red meats, grains and oil seeds.
  • Ensure that access gained by trade agreements is not eroded by non-tariff barriers.
  • Fully mitigate any potential losses supply-managed sectors face as a result of Canada –EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and Transpacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Address the leaks in current import controls for supply managed products.
  • Ensure a level playing field – Canada must ratify the TPP if Japan does.
  • If TPP fails, secure a trade agreement with Japan.

International Trade


Ensuring Canadian agriculture is represented in all relevant trade agreements.


Quick Facts:

  • Agriculture and agri-food systems generated $106.9 billion in 2013, accounting for 6.7% of Canada’s GDP.
  • Agriculture provides one in eight jobs in Canada, employing over 2.2 million people.
  • The performance of the agriculture and agri-food system depends on their ability to compete in both domestic and international markets.
  • Canada was the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products in 2013, with 3.5% of the total value of world agriculture exports.
  • The U.S. is Canada’s most important export destination accounting for 50.8% of total Canadian exports. China accounts for 11.2%, while Japan, E.U., and Mexico account for 17% combined.

Working Toward Solutions:

Agriculture and trade negotiations was one of the key topics addressed in CFA’s 2016 October lobby day, where farm leaders from across Canada had over 20 productive meetings with MP’s to bring issues involving agriculture to their attention.


CFA Recommendations:

  • Provide real and meaningful market access opportunities for our export-oriented sectors, such as red meats, grains and oil seeds.
  • Ensure that access gained by trade agreements is not eroded by non-tariff barriers.
  • Fully mitigate any potential losses supply-managed sectors face as a result of Canada –EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and Transpacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Address the leaks in current import controls for supply managed products.
  • Ensure a level playing field – Canada must ratify the TPP if Japan does.
  • If TPP fails, secure a trade agreement with Japan.

International Trade


Ensuring Canadian agriculture is represented in all relevant trade agreements.

Quick Facts:

  • Agriculture and agri-food systems generated $106.9 billion in 2013, accounting for 6.7% of Canada’s GDP.
  • Agriculture provides one in eight jobs in Canada, employing over 2.2 million people.
  • The performance of the agriculture and agri-food system depends on their ability to compete in both domestic and international markets.
  • Canada was the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products in 2013, with 3.5% of the total value of world agriculture exports.
  • The U.S. is Canada’s most important export destination accounting for 50.8% of total Canadian exports. China accounts for 11.2%, while Japan, E.U., and Mexico account for 17% combined.

Working Toward Solutions:

Agriculture and trade negotiations was one of the key topics addressed in CFA’s 2016 October lobby day, where farm leaders from across Canada had over 20 productive meetings with MP’s to bring issues involving agriculture to their attention.


CFA Recommendations:

  • Provide real and meaningful market access opportunities for our export-oriented sectors, such as red meats, grains and oil seeds.
  • Ensure that access gained by trade agreements is not eroded by non-tariff barriers.
  • Fully mitigate any potential losses supply-managed sectors face as a result of Canada –EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and Transpacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Address the leaks in current import controls for supply managed products.
  • Ensure a level playing field – Canada must ratify the TPP if Japan does.
  • If TPP fails, secure a trade agreement with Japan.

International Trade


Ensuring Canadian agriculture is represented in all relevant trade agreements.

Quick Facts:

  • Agriculture and agri-food systems generated $106.9 billion in 2013, accounting for 6.7% of Canada’s GDP.
  • Agriculture provides one in eight jobs in Canada, employing over 2.2 million people.
  • The performance of the agriculture and agri-food system depends on their ability to compete in both domestic and international markets.
  • Canada was the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products in 2013, with 3.5% of the total value of world agriculture exports.
  • The U.S. is Canada’s most important export destination accounting for 50.8% of total Canadian exports. China accounts for 11.2%, while Japan, E.U., and Mexico account for 17% combined.

Working Toward Solutions:

Agriculture and trade negotiations was one of the key topics addressed in CFA’s 2016 October lobby day, where farm leaders from across Canada had over 20 productive meetings with MP’s to bring issues involving agriculture to their attention.


CFA Recommendations:

  • Provide real and meaningful market access opportunities for our export-oriented sectors, such as red meats, grains and oil seeds.
  • Ensure that access gained by trade agreements is not eroded by non-tariff barriers.
  • Fully mitigate any potential losses supply-managed sectors face as a result of Canada –EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and Transpacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Address the leaks in current import controls for supply managed products.
  • Ensure a level playing field – Canada must ratify the TPP if Japan does.
  • If TPP fails, secure a trade agreement with Japan.