Minister Champagne concludes tour of Quebec regions
July 6, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Trade and investment are important to Canada’s economic future. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting regional economic growth by helping Quebec businesses gain access to new markets and offering real opportunities to middle-class workers.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, today wrapped up his #TradeTalks tour of Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Bas-St-Laurent and Abitibi-Témiscaminque regions.
While in Quebec, the Minister engaged entrepreneurs and business leaders on the importance of diversifying Canada’s trade and discussed opportunities for new export markets in Europe and Asia, thanks to trade agreements such as the Canada‑European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans‑Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
From June 26 to 27, 2018, Minister Champagne met with video-game developers and representatives of the aluminum, forestry and agri-food sectors in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, where he championed how trade can enhance economic development in the region.
On June 28, the Minister travelled to the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and met with representatives from the local manufacturing industry. He also announced financial support for renovations to Rivière-du-Loup’s Françoise-Bédard library, a community meeting and entertainment hub.
As part of his tour of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region from July 3 to 6, the Minister met with several entrepreneurs and representatives of companies, mainly from the mining sector, where he reiterated the Government of Canada’s support for the steel and aluminum industry. He reminded local business leaders that Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service is ready to help them diversify their export markets abroad.
While in the region, the Minister announced $660,000 in funding for 48e Nord International (48th north international) in Val-d’Or, an organization that helps local small and medium-sized enterprises to export their products outside of the region. He also announced financial assistance worth more than $800,000 for the company Technosub and the Groupe Mines, Innovations, Solutions et Applications (Groupe MISA), in Rouyn‑Noranda, in support of growth and innovation in mining-sector enterprises.
On his final stop, in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Minister Champagne, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated the Timiskaming First Nation on the expansion of its health centre, which will optimize access to quality care for the Algonquin community.
“Innovative entrepreneurs in regions throughout Quebec are developing world-class products and services that are ideal for markets around the world. Recognizing that talent attracts investment, I am committed to ensuring that Quebec businesses in every region have access to the support they need to compete and succeed internationally.”
– François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade
- On June 29, 2018, the Government of Canada announced that it will make available up to $2 billion to defend and protect the interests of Canadian workers and businesses in the steel, aluminum and manufacturing industries.
- Under CETA, 98% of EU tariff lines on Canadian goods, including Quebec products, such as machinery and equipment and most agricultural and agri-food products, are now exempt from customs duties.
- The CPTPP will provide enhanced market access to key Asian markets for Canadian products, including exports from Quebec’s agricultural, industrial and forest sectors.
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