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

International Trade Policy

British Columbia works with stakeholders from across the Province, other provinces and territories, and the Government of Canada to ensure that the interests of British Columbians are represented in international negotiations, agreements and disputes.

Canada is signatory to a number of international trade agreements, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canada is also a signatory to the Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement which has significant importance to British Columbia’s forestry industry. Current international trade negotiations or agreements of particular interest to British Columbia are those with the European Union, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Korea, Japan and India.

A comprehensive list of Canada’s regional and bilateral initiatives is available at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development website: Negotiations and Agreements.

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.