Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

The Canada and European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a high quality agreement that reinforces Canada’s fundamental relationship with the European Union. CETA covers all aspects of our broad trading relationship with the EU, including goods, services, investment, government procurement and regulatory cooperation. CETA will provide Canada access to the world’s largest market with more than 500 million people in 28 countries, with a combined GDP of $20 trillion.

On February 29, 2016, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, and the European Union’s Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström announced the completion of the legal review of CETA. As part of the legal review, Canada and the EU agreed on modifications related to investment protection and investment dispute resolution provisions. The Agreement is currently undergoing translation into French, and the other 21 EU Treaty languages. Following translation, the process required to approve the agreement in Canada and the EU along with the steps necessary to bring policies, regulations and legislation into conformity with the obligations under CETA will begin.

Read: Final CETA text (Feb 2016) (English only); Consolidated CETA Text (Sept 2014)


Understanding CETA

An Overview

Learn more about what is in the Agreement and what’s in it for you.

Agreement at a Glance

Find out what CETA involves and how it can create jobs and long-term prosperity for all Canadians and all sectors of the industry from coast to coast.

Technical Summary

The government of Canada outlines the details of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Trade Agreement.


See key events and milestones that helped shape CETA since 2007.

Myths and Realities

When it comes to free trade agreements (FTAs), it is important to separate fact from fiction.

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