Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

Last updated November 2014.

The Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations were launched on March 25, 2012 by Prime Minister Harper and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. Our negotiations with Japan represent a landmark opportunity to deepen Canada's relationship with one of the world’s largest and most innovative economies. A Canada-Japan EPA would bring our trade and investment partnership to the next level and allow us to fully leverage our complementary economic relationship and strengthen bilateral trade opportunities in important sectors for both countries. Negotiations are proceeding well with seven rounds held to date. Round 7 took place the week of November 17-21, 2014 in Tokyo and allowed Canada and Japan to continue to advance this important initiative.

For more information, please see background information on the Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.


Beginning on February 26, 2011, the Government of Canada embarked on a comprehensive consultation process with the Canadian public, provinces and territories, businesses and non-governmental organizations to seek input on a potential free trade initiative with Japan (see Canada Gazette: Consultations on Possible Negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan). The Government of Canada acknowledges the input of all Canadians who have contributed to the consultative process to date. Their views will be taken into account as the Canada-Japan economic relationship continues to evolve and in the development of Canada’s broader trade agenda. We welcome and encourage input from stakeholders throughout the negotiation process. Please contact us with any questions or comments using the contact information below.

The Government of Canada is also conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) to inform the Canada-Japan free trade negotiations. Environmental assessments of trade negotiations are an important decision-making tool for promoting sustainable development. They can contribute to more open decision-making within the federal government by engaging representatives from other levels of government, the public, the private sector and non-governmental organizations in this process. Environmental assessments can also improve overall policy coherence at the national level by assisting decision-makers to understand environmental implications of trade policy. For more information on how to submit your views on any likely and significant environmental impacts on Canada resulting from the prospective Canada-Japan FTA, please consult the Notice of Intent to Conduct an Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Japan Free Trade Agreement.

Industry Questionnaire

Canadian companies and industry associations are invited to share their experiences in the Japanese market by completing a questionnaire which will help inform Canadian positions throughout the Canada-Japan EPA negotiations. This questionnaire covers technical subject matter such as trade in goods, trade in services, non-tariff barriers to trade, temporary entry for business persons, investment, and government procurement. To receive a copy of the CJEPA Questionnaire, please email: CJEPA/

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Contact Point

If you have questions or comments, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Global Affairs Canada at:

Trade Policy and Negotiations Division, Asia (TPA)
Global Affairs Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-5119
E-mail: CJEPA/