November 2, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada and China are working to build a stronger relationship to create good, middle-class
jobs and more opportunities for citizens in both countries.
Building on the success of previous agricultural visits to China, Minister of Agriculture
and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay will lead his third trade mission to China to help
grow the economy and create well-paying jobs for our farmers, processors and exporters.
Canada will continue to advance market access and diversify trade opportunities
in fast-growing Asian markets.
In the cities of Shanghai, Qingdao, and Beijing, Minister MacAulay will meet with
industry and key government officials to raise the profile of Canadian agriculture,
agri-food and seafood products, and build upon and expand relationships with China's
growing e-commerce sector. The minister will be joined by a strong and diverse delegation
of over 300 people, including agricultural leaders from the major sectors of our
industry and provincial partners.
Minister MacAulay will also join Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, and Minister
of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr, at the Canada-China Economic and
Financial Strategic Dialogue (EFSD) to promote bilateral cooperation across a wide
range of economic portfolios, including agriculture.
Minister MacAulay will attend the China International Import Expo (CIIE) as head
of delegation for the Government of Canada, while providing direct support to the
Canadian fish and seafood sector and 60 Canadian exhibitors at the China Fisheries
and Seafood Expo (CFSE). He will also support the agricultural sector and over 80
Canadian companies at Food and Hotel China (FHC) in support of Canadian industry
efforts to expand and strengthen business ties in China.
While CIIE is a brand new initiative by the Chinese government designed to expand
and strengthen business ties between China and its international trading partners,
CFSE and FHC are two of AAFC's longstanding Flagship trade shows which saw over
140 Canadian companies develop 7,000 business connections and produce $177 million
in onsite and anticipated sales in 2017 alone.
While in China, Minister MacAulay will also participate in events organized by the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), supported by the governments of Nova
Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as part
of pan-Atlantic Canada efforts to grow international trade and investment opportunities
through the Atlantic Growth Strategy.
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"The Government of Canada is very pleased with the continued cooperation between
Canada and China. I look forward to taking part in agri-business events in China
to showcase Canada's agri-food and fish and seafood sectors, help grow exports for
Canadian products and strengthen the trading relationship between our two countries."
- The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"There has never been a better time for Canadian farmers and producers to sell their
high-quality and world-renowned food products in fast-growing markets such as China.
Exploring new ways to deepen our trade relationship and facilitating two-way trade
with China will grow our economy and create jobs for the middle class. Canadian
businesses of all sizes should have the confidence and access they need to take
advantage of the opportunities this large market offers." - The Honorable Jim Carr,
Minister of International Trade Diversification
"The Atlantic region is known around the world for the quality of its food, including
seafood, and Atlantic exports to the Chinese market have been growing at an impressive
rate. I'm very optimistic that the region's innovative spirit and discerning tastes
will appeal to Chinese consumers, which in turn will increase exports, grow the
region's economy and create better-paying jobs for Atlantic Canadian workers and
their families." - The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science
and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
- From 2015 to 2017, China's agri-food and seafood imports from Canada increased by
- In 2017, China imported $8.6 billion worth of agricultural, agri-food and seafood
products from Canada.
- China is Canada's second largest trading partner in agriculture and food.
- The fisheries and seafood expo includes over 30,000 visitors and 1,600 companies
from 50 countries.
- The 2017 agricultural trade mission to China generated over $300 million in new
sales – blueberries, barley, ice wine and swine genetics.