Notice of Intent to Conduct an Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Goods Agreement

Closing date: October 29, 2014

On July 8, 2014, Canada joined a number of other WTO Members, including, the European Union, China, Japan and the United States, to launch negotiations toward a WTO Environmental Goods Agreement.

In accordance with the 2010 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan, and Program Proposals, the Government of Canada is conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) to inform these trade negotiations. Comments by interested parties are invited on any likely environmental impacts on Canada of an Environmental Goods Agreement.

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

For more information on the Environmental Goods Agreement, please visit: Plurilateral Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA)

All interested parties are invited to submit their views on any likely and significant environmental impacts on Canada resulting from an Environmental Goods Agreement by October 29, 2014.

Contributions can be sent by e-mail, fax or mail to:

Environmental Goods Agreement Environmental Assessment
Trade Agreements and NAFTA Secretariat (TAS)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-992-9392