Trade policy and small- and medium-sized enterprises
How Canada is creating the conditions for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to compete and succeed through trade agreements and policy.
Services and information
Canada’s commitment to assisting SMEs in accessing international markets through trade agreements.
Learn more about the important role of SMEs in the Canadian economy, and the challenges and opportunities they face with regards to international trade.
What we are doing
SMEs in Canada’s free trade agreements
- Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) SME Recommendation
- CETA and SMEs
- Report: 1st Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) meeting on SMEs by Teleconference, Ottawa and Brussels, July 5th, 2019
- 2020-2021 Work Plan for CETA SME contact points
- Joint Activity Report to the CETA Joint Committee: “Working together to advance trade and SMEs”
- Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) SME Chapter
- Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) SME Chapter
- Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) SME Chapter
- World Trade Organization (WTO) - Buenos Aires Declaration on the Establishment of a WTO Informal Work Programme for MSMEs
- WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation
- The implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) will benefit Canadian traders by expediting, streamlining and enhancing the predictability of customs and border procedures for their exports to developing countries, which translates into lower trade costs. The benefits are expected to be most significant for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), for which trade costs are disproportionately high. The implementation of the TFA by developing countries could help Canadian SMEs increase their export presence in emerging markets, from Latin America and the Caribbean, to Africa and Asia.