In the ongoing preparations for a renegotiation of NAFTA, Ontario’s premier Kathleen Wynne and Jeff Leal, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs met with agri-food leaders on May 4. Their statement said:
“The U.S. is Ontario's number one trading partner, with two-way agri-food trade totalling about $28.8 billion in 2016. Fostering this relationship in a way that helps our agri-food businesses thrive is essential to creating and maintaining good jobs in Ontario communities, growing our economy and providing safe, quality food to consumers on both sides of the border.”
“Our government is actively working to ensure Ontario's interests are well represented in discussions with our federal counterparts, as well as with legislators in Washington, D.C., and across the U.S. Starting this month, as part of this continued outreach, Minister Leal will travel to key Great Lakes states to meet with government and business leaders in the agri-food sector. This complements the Premier's ongoing engagement with state governors and continued dialogue with a full spectrum of Ontario businesses and workers.”
Ontario is establishing a Minister's Advisory Committee on Agri-Food Trade, comprised of leaders from Ontario's agri-food industry, to provide advice and insight on the realities of our shared agri-food value chain.
Source: Office of the Ontario Premier May 4, 2017 news release