Background and Negotiations

Canada and MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) signed a Trade and Investment Cooperation Arrangement and Action Plan on 16 June 1998.

In November 2004, at a meeting between the Brazilian President and the Prime Minister of Canada, a Joint Declaration was issued including a commitment to promote MERCOSUR-Canada trade relations by "negotiating enhanced market access in the areas of goods, services and investment, in the context of the creation of a future Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)." In February 2005 MERCOSUR and Canada held preliminary discussions at the first meeting of the Canada-MERCSOUR trade and investment dialogue.

On 24 June 2011, in Asunción, Paraguay, Canada and MERCOSUR agreed to start exploratory discussions to strengthen their trade relationship. Two exploratory meetings have already been held, and a third is scheduled for May 2012 in Ottawa, Canada.

On April 12, 2017 Canada and MERCOSUR held a technical working meeting reactivating the talks on a possible trade agreement between the two parties. On 24 July 2017, delegations from Canada and MERCOSUR held a technical meeting to discuss a possible trade agreement.

Documents relating to the negotiations
26 July 2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina. MERCOSUR and Canada continue talks towards possible trade agreement Spanish PDF new!
12 April 2017 Canada and MERCOSUR resume talks PDF
20 March 2012 Canada and MERCOSUR hold exploratory trade talks PDF
24 June 2011 Canada and MERCOSUR move forward with exploratory conversations to strengthen their trade relationship PDF
27-28 September 2005 Third meeting of Canada-MERCOSUR trade and investment dialogue Word
08 February 2005 Ottawa: Joint communiqué on the launch of the MERCOSUR-Canada dialogue on trade and investment Spanish PDF
22-23 November 2004 Joint Declaration PDF
16 June 1998 Trade And Investment Cooperation Arrangement and Action Plan between Canada and the Mercosur PDF
Source: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; Subsecretaría de Política y Gestión Comercial, Argentina; Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Paraguay

  Related Articles and Studies
March 2005 Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), Canada. MERCOSUR: A Status Report and Prospects for CANADA-MERCOSUR RelationsPDF

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Recent Developments
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