Trade Policy & Negotiations

Last updated on September 7, 2021

British Columbia relies on trade to support an economic recovery and generate good jobs in all regions of the Province.

It is important that we export our goods and services across the globe, finding new markets and expanding trade diversification for shared prosperity and a strong, sustainable economy, raising the standard of living for all British Columbians.

Free trade agreements (FTAs) provide a degree of certainty in uncertain times, advance and protect B.C.’s competitive advantages, open new markets, remove trade barriers, generate new trade opportunities, including for Indigenous peoples, lower business costs, improve labour mobility and are a critical part of attracting new investment into B.C.’s regions. FTAs apply to all sectors of the economy and many areas of trading relationships, including goods, services and investment. When selling goods and services in Canada and across the globe, it is important that you know how to use these agreements.

Canada and B.C. continue to have a “first mover advantage”, which means we have a competitive edge over countries that do not have these preferential access agreements. B.C. is a leader and active partner in numerous domestic and international trade-related initiatives.

Contact information

For assistance with using free trade agreements, to enquire about a trade dispute or to report a trade barrier, contact us.