Completed USMCA Critical for Continued Growth of the Canadian Meat Industry

October 1 (Ottawa, ON) – The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), finalized late last night, is an important step in maintaining competitiveness and continuing to grow the meat industry in Canada.

The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) is pleased to see the hard work of the Canadian government over the past year come to fruition in an agreement. It was a difficult road with many obstacles, and we applaud the work and tenacity of Minister Freeland and her team for completing this deal.

The importance of this deal to the meat industry cannot be understated, “The North American meat industry is fully integrated, and having uninterrupted access across the three countries is critical”, says David Colwell, Chairman of the Board for CMC. “The ability of Canadian meat companies to compete on a global scale depends on their ability to also maintain and grow the North American market”.

The government’s recognition of the importance of this deal, that it is beyond any single sector, was an important factor in completing this agreement. “Having such a talented agriculture negotiating team certainly helped relay the message from our sector. Their regular communication with CMC and dedication throughout this challenging process is greatly appreciated” adds Chris White, President and CEO of CMC.

CMC looks forward to continuing to work with our trilateral North American partners on growing the meat industry and the Canadian economy as a result.