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Initial Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Closing date:  February 15, 2009

In keeping with the 2001 Framework for Conducting Environmental Assessments of Trade Negotiations, an Initial Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Dominican Republic FTA negotiations has been conducted to help negotiators to better integrate environmental considerations into the negotiating process.

The Government of Canada is working closely with Provincial and Territorial Governments throughout the environmental assessment process. It has consulted with Canadians on this step of the environmental assessment, including business groups, non-governmental organizations and the general public. A Notice of Intent to conduct an Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Dominican Republic FTA negotiations was posted on the Trade Negotiations and Agreements website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on October 13, 2007.

The report on the Initial Environmental Assessment is now released for a 60 day public consultation period until February 15, 2009. We welcome comments on this report, as well as comments on anticipated economic, environmental and policy-making impacts on Canada as a result of the Canada-Dominican Republic FTA negotiations. The Final Environmental Assessment report will be released after the conclusion of the Canada-Dominican Republic FTA negotiations.

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Please send your contributions by email, mail or fax to:

Consultations and Liaison Division
Initial Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Dominican Republic FTA Negotiations
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
E-mail: consultations@international.gc.ca
Fax: 613-944-0757