May 18, 2018 – Ottawa, Canada – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada is a trading nation that is focused on growing trade and investment relationships,
including diversifying into new and rapidly growing markets in Asia. With a population
of 1.4 billion and a growing middle class, pursuing new market opportunities in
China is vital to the continued growth of the Canadian economy, and to reaching
the Government of Canada's target of increasing global agricultural exports to $75
billion by 2025.
Today, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, wrapped up a week-long
mission to China, where he promoted Canadian agricultural products and discussed
ways of strengthening agricultural trade between the two countries.
Minister MacAulay also met with his counterpart, Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Affairs, Han Changfu to advance Canada's agricultural trading relationship with
China. The two ministers discussed key trade issues, including agricultural cooperation
and biotechnology products. Minister MacAulay advocated for China's approval of
three new genetically modified canola traits, which would increase canola exports
to China by an estimated $400 million every year, using the same amount of land
and inputs – a major increase for canola productivity.
As part of a pilot project agreed to by both countries in 2017, the first Canadian
shipment of chilled pork was exported to China this month. Seventeen Canadian federally
registered meat establishments are now eligible to export chilled beef derived from
cattle under-thirty-months of age and/or chilled pork to China.
The Canadian meat industry estimates the increased export values from this expansion
of Canada's meat access to China, could be worth upwards of $100 million for pork
and $125 million for beef over the next five years.
Minister MacAulay also attended SIAL China, Asia's largest food innovation exhibition,
to show his support for the 47 Canadian exhibitors promoting products to 110,000
SIAL visitors. The Minister also delivered remarks at a reception hosted by Canada
The mission provided the Minister a number of opportunities to meet with industry
representatives, including meeting with senior executives from e-commerce giant
Alibaba. The Minister highlighted Alibaba's efforts to expand its presence in Vancouver.
He also met with representatives from HeMa and GFresh to obtain a better understanding
of market challenges and opportunities for Canadian agricultural products.
"China is an important and growing market, representing Canada's second largest
trade partner is agriculture and food. This mission has been a great opportunity
to showcase Canada's high-quality food and seafood, and to strengthen our trade
ties, which are of vital importance to diversifying markets for our agricultural
products and to growing the middle class." - The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- From 2015 to 2017, China's agri-food and seafood imports from Canada increased by
- In 2017, China imported $8.60 billion worth of agricultural, agri-food and seafood
products from Canada.
- China is Canada's second largest trading partner in agriculture and food.