March 13, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
On the heels of successful missions to Tennessee and California, Minister MacAulay
travelled to Boston, Massachusetts this week to attend Seafood Expo North America,
the largest seafood trade exposition in North America.
This two-day mission will help to strengthen trade between Canada and the United
States, driving economic growth, creating new middle-class jobs and delivering more
benefits for hard-working Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Canada and the
United States share deeply integrated economies and enjoy the largest bilateral
trade and investment relationship in the world.
Minister MacAulay was joined by representatives from a number of provincial governments
including several premiers and provincial ministers of agriculture and fisheries.
The delegation brought a unified voice on the benefits of the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to all three countries.
In Boston, the Minister participated in a New England-Canada Business Council panel
on NAFTA, highlighting the importance of the agreement and discussing opportunities
to grow trade in Canada and the U.S.
Minister MacAulay also met with Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito to
impress upon her Canada’s commitment to modernizing NAFTA in a way that is beneficial
“Massachusetts and Canada share a strong trade relationship that creates good, middle
class jobs on both sides of the border. The Government of Canada is committed to
working collaboratively to strengthen our trade relationship in a way that allows
us both to grow and expand our opportunities with our American partners.” - The
Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- In 2016, agricultural trade between Canada and Massachusetts totalled $917.3 million
- Canada and the United States are important trade partners for agriculture, agri-food
and seafood, with bilateral trade in these areas reaching $62 billion (CAD) in 2016.
- Canada is the top agriculture and agri-food export market for 29 states, including
Massachusetts. In 2016, Canada exported $4.3 billion (CAD) in fish and seafood products
to the U.S.
- In 2016, Canada exported $4.3 billion (CAD) in fish and seafood products to the