Exploratory Discussions toward a Canada-Philippines Free Trade Agreement

On May 8, 2015, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines announced the launch of exploratory discussions toward bilateral free trade agreement negotiations. 

The Philippines is an important partner for Canada and a priority market under the Government of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan. With a market of approximately 100 million consumers and a GDP of $315 billion in 2014, the Philippines has one of the fastest growth rates in Asia.  


On May 30, 2015, the Government of Canada embarked on a comprehensive consultation process with citizens, provincial and territorial governments, and industry to seek input on a potential free trade agreement with the Philippines (see Canada Gazette: Consultations on Potential Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with the Philippines).

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If you have any questions or comments about this initiative we would like to hear from you. Please contact Global Affairs Canada at the following address:

Trade Policy and Negotiations - Asia (TPA)
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-5119

Email: Philippines-Consultations-Philippines@international.gc.ca