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Consultations on a possible ASEAN-Canada Free Trade Agreement

On September 8, 2017, Canada and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to the launch of exploratory discussions to examine the potential for a Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA). I am writing to ensure you are aware of this initiative, and inform you that the Government of Canada has launched public consultations to seek the views of Canadians.

 ASEAN is currently one of the world’s top growing markets, and a priority for the Government of Canada. In 2017, the ten members of ASEAN had a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion USD ($3.38 trillion CAD) and a population of 643 million. Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and ASEAN totalled $23.3 billion CAD in 2017. The Government is committed to deepening trade and investment relations with ASEAN in order to benefit Canadians.

On September 1, 2018, the Government launched 45-day public consultations on a possible ASEAN-Canada FTA. The main objective of the consultation is to hear from a broad range of partners, stakeholders and individual Canadians to help define Canada’s interests in a possible FTA with ASEAN and inform future decisions on next steps, including whether to launch FTA negotiations. For background information, please consult the possible Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement webpage.

 We are very interested in receiving your views on a possible ASEAN-Canada FTA.  Please take the time to participate and share your unique perspectives and insights.

 We would welcome receiving your written response on this issue, by email to [email protected] or you may send your submission to:

Canada–ASEAN trade consultations
Global Affairs Canada
Trade Policy and Negotiations Division (TCA)
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2

The consultation will remain open until October 16, 2018.  We look forward to hearing from you on this important initiative.


Global Affairs Canada
Government of Canada