Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism

Trade Agreements and Policy

Trade is an important driver of economic growth in British Columbia that leads to job creation and higher wages for the province’s workers.  British Columbia’s small, open economy has gained from the expansion of global trade in the last several decades, with the value of goods and services exported rising 71% between 1988 and 2010, outstripping Canada’s overall GDP growth.

Removing or reducing barriers to trade and investment and mitigating impacts in sectors affected by increased foreign competition have been proven to stimulate economic growth. The removal of trade barriers is of key importance. Unnecessary barriers to trade can impair productivity and competitiveness.

Trade agreements have proven to be one of the best ways to improve trade conditions for exporters and investors.  They reduce export and investment barriers, and protect the interests of companies exporting and investing in other countries. Trade agreements also have intangible benefits, including  dramatically raising Canada’s profile with our trading partners, which in turn can attract new investment and interest in our exports.

British Columbia is a leader and active partner in numerous domestic and international trade-related initiatives with the goal of improving the Province’s economic competitiveness by improving market access and removing restrictive and unnecessary barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility.

Have your say: The Trade Initiatives Branch of the Ministry of International Trade is seeking input and comments on Canada’s ongoing international trade negotiations. Examples of ongoing negotiations include the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Information provided will inform the Province’s objectives during these international trade negotiations.

Submissions can be emailed to:
or posted by mail to:

Trade Initiatives Branch
PO Box 9835 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9T1

Submissions may be made publicly available on the Ministry of International Trade website unless the author specifies otherwise.


Submissions received:

Richmond Sound Design Ltd.

Solegear Bioplastics Inc.

Global Roamer Overdrive

Surrey Board of Trade