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Public consultations on a possible ASEAN-Canada free trade agreement (FTA)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is committed to protecting the privacy rights of individuals and safeguarding the personal information under its control in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act.

“Personal information” is defined as any information, in any form, about an identifiable individual, including details of an individual’s personal experiences, opinions or views. Please refer to section 3 of the Privacy Act for further details regarding personal information.

Global Affairs Canada is seeking the views of the Canadian public and interested stakeholders on the scope of potential negotiations for a possible ASEAN-Canada FTA. The submissions received during the consultation process will be used for the purpose of informing the Government of Canada’s decision on next steps regarding this potential initiative.

Personal information is being collected under the authority of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Act, Sections 10(2)(d) and 10(2)(e) and includes the contributor’s name, address, email address and if applicable the name of the contributor’s organization, institution or business.

The information you provide is voluntary and you may, without prejudice, decide not to participate in this consultation process. If making a submission, please ensure to limit the information you provide to only opportunities that, in your view, exist to pursue free, fair and progressive trade throughout the Asia-Pacific. You are encouraged to make fact-based statements that do not include your personal views and opinions about another individual as the Privacy Act considers this to be personal information pertaining to the other individual.

Your personal information will be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act and will be retained for ten years and then destroyed. Your information will be stored in the standard personal information bank for Outreach Activities, (PSU) 938.

Be advised that GAC may publish reports, internally or externally, that contain summaries of submissions received. These reports will not contain any personal information that could potentially be used to identify you or another individual. GAC may also share information with other government departments, as needed.  For example, GAC may share input regarding the trade or export of agriculture products with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

You have the right to the protection of your personal information. You also have the right to access and to request corrections where you believe there is an error or omission. You may contact the Department’s Access to Information and Privacy Protection Division at to exercise these rights. If requesting access to or correction of your personal information, please refer to this specific consultation by name and date of undertaking.  In addition, individuals have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding the institution's handling of their personal information.

By participating in this consultation process you acknowledge that you have read and understood this privacy notice statement and consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of the information provided therein, subject to the Privacy Act, and as described in this privacy notice statement.

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