Premier Departs for Mexico to Advance Economic Partnerships
Mission Includes Participation in Climate Summit of the Americas
Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne departs on her first mission to Mexico to strengthen ties with business and political leaders, promote Ontario as an ideal investment location and demonstrate Ontario's leadership in climate change at the Climate Summit of the Americas.
Premier Wynne will travel to Mexico from August 29-September 2 to visit Mexico City and Guadalajara, Jalisco.
In Mexico City, the Premier will meet with business and government leaders. The Premier will showcase Ontario's leadership in key areas, including manufacturing, agri-food, education, climate change, cleantech and innovation. Building strong relationships in these areas will lead to future partnerships benefitting both regions.
In Guadalajara, the Premier, along with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray, will represent Ontario at the Climate Summit of the Americas. The Premier will share best practices and success stories with other subnational governments, including Ontario's historic elimination of coal-fired electricity and implementation of cap and trade.
While in Guadalajara, the Premier will also meet with political representatives and business leaders to advance Ontario's key sectors, discuss research and innovation opportunities, create new partnerships and identify areas for further collaboration, including in the fight against climate change.
Promoting international trade and fighting climate change are part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Mexico is Ontario’s third-largest trading partner — in 2015, two-way goods trade between Ontario and Mexico totalled over $27 billion.
- Ontario is home to almost 40 per cent of Canada’s Mexican-born population, creating a natural link between the two regions.
- In 2016, Ontario passed legislation to implement a cap and trade program linked to Québec and California’s, creating North America’s largest carbon market.
- In 2015, Ontario hosted the first-ever Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, bringing together more than 300 delegates representing over 30 jurisdictions from the Americas.
“Both Ontario and Mexico are focused on developing strong, resilient, competitive business environments that spur innovation and growth. My mission to Mexico will aid new partnerships in key economic sectors and in the fight against climate change. The Climate Summit of the Americas is an opportunity to showcase Ontario’s historic climate change initiatives, including cap and trade.”