The Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Labour Cooperation Agreement and the Agreement on the Environment came into force on October 1, 2012.
On September 21, 2012, the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, announced that the Canada-Jordan FTA and the related Agreements on Labour Cooperation and the Environment would enter into force on October 1, 2012. (See News Release: Harper Government Announces Latest Milestone in Pro-trade Plan to Open New Markets for Canadian Exports).
This followed the Minister’s June 29, 2012 announcement that the Canada-Jordan Economic Growth and Prosperity Act had received Royal Assent (see News Release: Legislation to Implement Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement Receives Royal Assent).
On November 15, 2011, the Government of Canada tabled legislation to implement the Canada-Jordan Free Trade, Labour Cooperation, and the Environment Agreements in the House of Commons (see News Release: Canada Introduces Legislation to Implement Free Trade Agreement with Jordan and Panama).
On June 28, 2009, the Honourable Stockwell Day, then Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, signed the three Agreements and a Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA) at a ceremony with his counterpart, Jordan’s Minister of Trade Amer Hadidi (see News Release:Minister Day Signs Trade and Investment Agreements with Jordan).
The FTA will expand Canada-Jordan trade and help further strengthen and deepen our bilateral relationship. An FTA with Jordan also demonstrates the importance that Canada places on further developing relations with Jordan, especially given its role as a moderate Arab state that promotes peace and security in the Middle East.
For more information on these negotiations, please see additional background information.
If you have questions or comments about this Free Trade Agreement or the related Labour Cooperation and Environment Agreements, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at the following address:
Trade Policy and Negotiations Division I (TPE)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2