Friday, February 23, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Canada and the United States share deeply integrated economies and enjoy the largest
bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world.
As negotiations on a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continue
to progress with the seventh round of renegotiations to be held in Mexico City,
Mexico from February 25 to March 5, 2018, the government of Canada continues to
work to strengthen the Canada-U.S. trade relationship and create new opportunities
for producers and food processors on both sides of the border.
As part of these efforts, Minister MacAulay travelled this week to Sacramento, California,
where he highlighted the strengths of agriculture trade with California, noting
that Canada is the number one market for California’s agriculture and agri-food
exports worth $5.4 billion (CAD) in 2017.
The Minister had a bilateral discussion with California Secretary of Food and Agriculture,
Karen Ross, and Canada was recognized as an important trading partner for the U.S.
on the California Assembly Floor, and the California Senate Floor.
During these events, the Minister discussed the agricultural benefits of NAFTA regarding
trade between Canada, California and the U.S. He also emphasized the importance
of ongoing U.S.-Canada collaboration and cooperation, while speaking with the California
Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Congressman, Ami Bera.
Minister MacAulay later provided remarks at a Friends of Canada Reception, and held
meetings with various U.S. legislators, business representatives, and members of
"Canada and California are important trading partners for agriculture and agri-food
products, supporting millions of middle class jobs on both sides of the border.
NAFTA has brought tremendous economic benefits to Canada and California. Working
closer together will make farmers and food processors on both sides of the border
reach more markets, create more jobs and become more prosperous." - The Honourable
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- Canada exported $2.9 billion (CAD) in agriculture and agri-food products to California
- Canada and the United States are each other's largest trade partners for agriculture
and agri-food, with bilateral agriculture trade reaching $62 billion (CAD) ($47
billion (USD)) in 2016.
- Canada is the top agriculture and agri-food export market for 29 states.