Minister Fast to Lead Trade Mission to China in May

Supporting Canadian workers and businesses to boost exports and create jobs

April 4, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced that he will lead a trade mission to China, from May 18 to 23, 2014, that will focus on the sustainable technologies sector.

The Canadian delegation will participate in IE Expo 2014, Asia’s leading environmental trade show in Shanghai, before travelling to Nanjing and Guangzhou.

The trade mission will help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses take advantage of opportunities in soil remediation and water and wastewater treatment in China.

Sustainable technologies has been identified as a priority sector under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan.

Quick Facts

  • In 2011, the sustainable technologies sector supported 52,600 direct jobs and contributed $10.6 billion to the Canadian economy.
  • The 2011 China Merchants Securities report predicts that the Chinese market for environmental protection and energy savings technology will be worth almost $520 billion by 2015.
  • China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner.
  • Merchandise trade exports to China reached nearly $20.5 billion in 2013, nearly doubling over the past five years.
  • This will be Minister Fast’s fifth visit to China since becoming trade minister.


“Sector-focused trade missions are part of our government’s commitment to supporting Canadian workers and businesses, and especially to helping small and medium-sized enterprises explore new opportunities to export. When Canadian companies succeed abroad, all Canadians benefit from the jobs created here at home.”

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

Associated Links


Shannon Gutoskie
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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