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Notice of Intent to Conduct an Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

Closing date:  January 9, 2012

On June 15, 2010, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, former Minister of International Trade, announced that Canada and Ukraine launched negotiations toward a bilateral free trade agreement. (See News Release).

The Government of Canada is conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) to inform these free trade negotiations. Comments are invited on any likely and significant environmental impacts on Canada of a prospective FTA with Ukraine.

The Government of Canada is committed to sustainable development. Mutually supportive trade, investment and environmental policies can contribute to this objective. To this end, the Minister of International Trade has directed negotiators to improve their understanding of, and information based on, the relationship between trade and environmental issues at the earliest stages of decision making, and to do this through an open and inclusive process. Environmental assessments of trade negotiations are critical to this work.

This process is guided by the 2001 Framework for Conducting Environmental Assessments of Trade Negotiationsand with direction from the 2010 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan, and Program Proposals.

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All interested parties are invited to submit their views on any likely and significant environmental impacts on Canada resulting from the prospective Canada-Ukraine FTA by Monday, January 9, 2012.

Contributions can be sent by e-mail, fax or mail to:
Environmental Assessment Consultations – Canada-Ukraine FTA
Trade Policy and Negotiations Division I (TPE)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-992-9392
E-mail: EAconsultationsEE@international.gc.ca