Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Last updated January 2015.

Canada and Ukraine have held five rounds of negotiations to date towards a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). The fifth round was held during the week of September 24, 2012 in Kyiv. On September 17, 2014, during the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visit in Ottawa, Prime Minister Harper and President Poroshenko discussed progress on the Canada-Ukraine free trade negotiations and directed officials to accelerate their work. During his January 26, 2015 visit to Kyiv, Minister of International Trade Ed Fast jointly announced with Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavičius that Canada and Ukraine are actively engaged in negotiations toward concluding an FTA as soon as possible. Preparatory work is currently underway by Canada and Ukraine for face-to-face negotiations in the near future. An FTA with Ukraine has the potential to provide increased access for Canadian goods and services to the Ukrainian market, to help address non-tariff barriers, and to help advance other trade and investment issues to facilitate economic relations. An FTA that provides Ukraine with better access to the Canadian market would also be consistent with Canada’s foreign policy objectives for Ukraine, which support Ukraine’s democratic transformation and economic reforms.

For more information, please see background information on the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Negotiations.

Consultations

On October 31, 2009, the Government of Canada announced public consultations to seek the views of Canadians on the scope of a possible FTA between Canada and Ukraine. Through the consultation process, the Government obtained the advice and views of businesses, citizen-based organizations and individual Canadians. The consultations revealed broad-based support for a Canada-Ukraine FTA.

Canada is currently conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) to inform the FTA negotiations. The EA will incorporate comments from the public and will consider any likely and significant environmental impacts that a Canada-Ukraine FTA may have on Canada.

All contributions to the consultative process will be taken into account as the Canada-Ukraine initiative proceeds and in the development of Canada's trade agenda more broadly. The government will continue to seek stakeholders’ views through the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development website to ensure that their interests and concerns are taken into account during the negotiations.

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Contact Point

If you have questions or comments about this initiative we would like to hear from you. Please contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada at:

Trade Negotiations I Division (TPE)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2.
Fax: 613-944-0757
Email: consultations@international.gc.ca