Timeline of the CPTPP

June 2018

On June 14, 2018, the International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne introduced the CPTPP Implementation Bill in the House of Commons for debate, consideration, and passage through Parliament.

May 2018

Under the Policy on Tabling of Treaties in Parliament, on May 22, 2018, International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne tabled the CPTPP treaty, with all binding side instruments, in the House of Commons for 21 consecutive sitting days, ending on June 20.  

March 2018

On March 8, 2018, representatives from all 11 CPTPP countries met in Santiago, Chile to sign the historic trade agreement. Once it enters into force, the CPTPP will reduce or eliminate almost all tariffs between CPTPP member countries, while removing non-tariff barriers to trade.

January 2018

CPTPP senior officials met in Tokyo, Japan, from January 22 to 23, to consider remaining issues not resolved in Da Nang.

On January 23, 2018, the eleven CPTPP countries concluded discussions and finalized the text of the Agreement.

November 2017

Senior officials met on the margins of the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Ministers from remaining TPP countries also held productive discussions in Da Nang, eventually agreeing on the core elements of the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

October 2017

Senior officials met in Maihama, Japan, from October 30 to November 1, 2017.

Public consultations seeking the views of Canadians on a renewed agreement concluded on October 30, 2017.

September 2017

Senior officials met in Tokyo, Japan from September 19 to 22.

On September 30, the Government of Canada launched public consultations seeking the views of Canadians on opportunities that exist now to pursue free, fair and progressive trade throughout the Asia-Pacific. The recent consultations built on the previous extensive public consultations on the original TPP (launched November 2015). The consultations were conducted over a 30-day period.

August 2017

Senior officials met again in Sydney, Australia from August 28 to 30 in order to continue discussions for a potential agreement.

July 2017

Senior officials launch a process to assess options for delivering a shared commitment to pursue free, fair, and progressive trade and to report back later this year. To that end, senior officials met in Hakone, Japan from July 12 to 14 to begin this work and subsequently met in Sydney, Australia and in Tokyo, Japan.

The Government presented its response to the House on July 19, 2017.

May 2017

Ministers from the remaining members of what was previously the TPP, met first in Toronto on May 2 to 3, and then in Hanoi, Vietnam, on May 21 to discuss possible next steps on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Minister’s Responsible for Trade meeting.

April 2017

Report to Parliament is tabled on April 10.

January 2017

The House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade concluded its TPP consultations on January 27, 2017. The Committee heard from over 400 witnesses and received over 190 written submissions from a broad range of stakeholders and members of the public from across the country.

The United States notified its intent to not ratify the TPP on January 30.

February 2016

The 12 TPP members, including Canada, signed the agreement on February 4 in Auckland, New Zealand.

November 2015

The text of the agreement is made public. Since then, the Government of Canada has held over 265 interactions and met with over 530 stakeholders across a range of sectors, interests and regions to discuss the TPP. Those consulted include all provinces and territories, industry, civil society, think tanks, academics, Indigenous groups, students and the general public. The Government has also received over 41,000 letters and emails from interested Canadians, including submissions to the Government of Canada’s original TPP consultations webpage.

October 2015

The TPP negotiations concluded in Atlanta, Georgia on October 5.

October 2012

Canada, along with Mexico, joined the negotiations in time to participate in the 15th round of negotiations on October 8. Japan joined in July 2013.

2006 to 2010

The original Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was built on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, also known as the P4, between Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. The P4 entered into force in 2006. A new round of negotiations was launched in 2010 when Australia, Peru, Vietnam and the United States joined the TPP. Later that year, the TPP membership grew to nine countries with the participation of Malaysia.

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