Ontario to Host 2016 Tri-National Agricultural Accord Meeting
Province Advancing Trade and Building Competitiveness
Ontario will host the 2016 Tri-National Agricultural Accord annual meeting of agricultural officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States from October 26-28 in Niagara Falls.
The Tri-National Agricultural Accord is a long-standing commitment among the three countries to work collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. It serves as a model to encourage a higher level of dialogue and understanding between neighbours and contributes to coordinated actions to address future risks and growth for the sector.
Hosting the 2016 Tri-National Agricultural Accord will provide Ontario with a platform to advocate for and demonstrate leadership on market access and trade, regulatory cooperation, and science and technology.
At the 2015 meeting, in Guadalajara, the Canadian delegation was led by Arthur Potts, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal. Attendance at the meeting allowed the province to showcase its agri-food sector and highlighted the province's priority to make agri-food businesses more competitive across borders.
Strengthening trade partnerships that attract economic opportunities and helping the province's business to be more competitive is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Tri-National Agricultural Accord brings together U.S. state directors, secretaries and commissioners of agriculture, Canadian provincial ministers of agriculture and Mexico's state secretaries of agriculture and rural development.
- The Accord annual meeting is held every year and rotates annually from country to country. In 2014, officials met in Chicago, Illinois, and this year in Guadalajara, Mexico.
- In the past, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta have traded spots in the Accord hosting rotation.
- The United States is Ontario’s number one trading partner, with 74 per cent of Ontario agri-food exports worth $9.22 billion in 2014, while Mexico is our fifth-largest source of agri-food exports with a total of $156 million in agri-food sales for 2014.
“Ontario welcomes the opportunity to host the Tri-National Accord for the first time. It will be my honour to celebrate with our partners, the 25 years of cooperation that has advanced trade opportunities for Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Ontario is Canada’s largest food processing power house so it is fitting that this event will be hosted in one of the most competitive food processing regions in North America.”