Last updated September 2012.
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 and intersessional work is ongoing. 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.
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 and International Trade website to ensure that their interests and concerns are taken into account during the negotiations.
If you have questions or comments about this initiative we would like to hear from you. Please contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at:
Trade Negotiations I Division (TPE)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2.