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Public consultation: Canada’s Future World Trade Organization (WTO) Negotiations on E-Commerce


For more information on the implications of future World Trade negotiations on e-commerce for Canada, please refer to the background information document.

Global Affairs Canada has created an online questionnaire for the consultation.

Should you prefer to provide your comments directly to Global Affairs Canada, either as an individual or on behalf of an organization, or for any questions concerning this consultation, please contact

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Contact information

WTO E-commerce Consultation
Services Trade Policy Division (TMS)
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0G2


Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from January 25, 2019 to April 25, 2019. While the consultation period has now closed, any further comments may be submitted to

Consulting with Canadians

In advance of possible future negotiations relating to Electronic Commerce (e-commerce) at the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Government of Canada is seeking input from Canadians on the types of commitments they would like to see pursued to further facilitate trade in e-commerce, and to provide a more predictable, transparent and rules-based framework.

A summary of stakeholder input will be published following the consultation, at which point stakeholders will have a further opportunity to provide comments.

Global Affairs Canada wants to hear from you. It welcomes your ideas, your experiences and your comments through this consultation.

The submission period for the Canada Gazette notice will last 90 days, and end on April 25, 2019. The Government of Canada is committed to hearing from Canadians on this topic and will ensure that Canadians continue to have the opportunity to provide their views as we engage at the WTO, including through our ongoing consultation efforts.

Canadians have until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on April 25, 2019, to submit their responses, comments and suggestions.

Purpose of consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to:

Who should participate?

This consultation is open to all Canadians and everyone is invited to share their ideas. The Government of Canada invites any Canadian stakeholder with an interest in the trade-related aspects of e-commerce to provide input as part of this consultation.

Global Affairs Canada would like to hear from:

It is important to have the breadth and diversity of Canadian views represented through this consultation process.

How can I participate?

The Government of Canada is seeking the views of industry stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and all interested Canadian citizens.

To participate in the consultation, interested parties are encouraged to review the background information and complete the following short questionnaire.

If you are unable to access the online questionnaire, please contact us for assistance:

WTO E-commerce Consultation
Services Trade Policy Division (TMS)
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive,
Ottawa ON  K1A 0G2


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