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Benefits of the CPTPP for Nunavut

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a trading block that represents 580  million people with a combined gross domestic product of CAD $19 trillion – a full 15.6% of global GDP.  Through the CPTPP, Canada haspreferential access to more than half a billion consumers in the world’s most dynamic and fast-growing market – a move that will strengthen Canadian businesses, grow the economy, and create more well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians.

Main advantages for Nunavut

Nunavut - Indo-Pacific trade snapshot

Top Nunavut Merchandise Exports to CPTPP Markets (2015-2017 average)

Pie chart of Nunavut’s top exports to CPTPP countries (2015-2017 average)
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Top Nunavut’s Merchandise Exports to CPTPP Markets (2015-2017 average)

  • Total: $2,289,435
  • Industrial Machinery: $891,978
  • Miscellaneous: $357,438
  • Fish and Seafood: $318,149
  • Chemicals and Plastics: $201,171
  • Consumer Electronics and Appliances: $176,511
  • Agricultural Goods: $173,777

Opening new markets for exports from Nunavut to Indo-Pacific countries

The elimination of tariffs will help make exports from Nunavut more price-competitive in CPTPP markets. Examples of Nunavut products that will benefit from improved access include the following:

Fish and seafood products

Fresh, chilled and frozen halibut

  • In Japan, tariffs of 3.5% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force.
  • In Vietnam, tariffs of 18% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force.


  • In Japan, tariffs of up to 5.3% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force, except for shrimp prepared with rice, for which the tariff will be eliminated within 10 years.
  • In Vietnam, tariffs of up to 30% on prepared shrimp will be eliminated within three years.

Frozen Arctic char (including fillets)

  • In Japan, tariffs of 3.5% will be eliminated within five years.
  • In Vietnam, tariffs to 18% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force.
Metals and minerals products


  • In Brunei, tariffs of 5% will be eliminated upon the Agreement’s entry into force.

Opening new markets for exports of services from Nunavut to Indo-Pacific countries

The CPTPP provides Nunavut services suppliers with greater predictability and enhanced market access across a broad range of sectors, including:

Nunavut enterprises that engage in electronic commerce as a means of trade will benefit from trade rules such as the prohibition on applying customs duties to content transmitted electronically, and ensuring the protection of online personal information.

Improving temporary entry for business people

The CPTPP will improve labour mobility for highly-skilled business persons, making it easier for professionals from Nunavut to provide expertise in CPTPP markets. In particular, the CPTPP facilitates the temporary entry of Canadian business visitors, intra-corporate transferees, investors, highly-skilled professionals, technicians, as well as the spouses of some of these Canadian business persons—contributing to greater certainty and predictability for prospective business entrants.

Reducing non-tariff barriers

The CPTPP includes enforceable provisions to help secure market access gains for Canadian exporters so that exporters are not undermined by unnecessary measures that restrict trade, such as technical barriers to trade or sanitary and phytosanitary measures. As a result, the CPTPP will create a more predictable trading environment for Canadian exporters, without compromising the ability of the government to protect the health and safety of Canadians or safeguard animal and plant health.

Expanding access to government procurement

The CPTPP establishes clear rules to ensure that Canadian suppliers of goods, services and construction services have access to open, fair and transparent processes when bidding for procurement contracts in CPTPP countries. The Agreement expands government procurement commitments with existing free trade agreement partners, including Chile and Peru, and secures new access to procurement opportunities in Australia, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Facilitating two-way investment between Nunavut and the Indo-Pacific region

The CPTPP’s investment rules will provide greater stability and protection for investors, while preserving the rights of the federal, provincial and territorial governments to legislate and regulate in the public interest. In areas such as energy, mining, manufacturing, financial services and professional services, Canadian investors will enjoy transparent and predictable access to CPTPP markets. Strong rules will ensure that investors from Canada are treated in a fair, equitable and non-discriminatory manner, allowing them to compete on an equal footing with other investors in CPTPP countries. Canadian investors will also have access to a fair and transparent investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.

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