The full text of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is available now on the Government of Canada’s CPTPP website, as well as information on key outcomes and cultural-related provisions.
The CPTPP is a new free trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Once the CPTPP enters into force, it will be one of the largest free trade agreements in the world and will provide enhanced market access to key Asian markets.
What does the CPTPP mean for Canadian culture? Canada’s approach to culture in all trade agreements is to maintain the ability to support Canadian cultural industries through policies and programs, while seizing opportunities in new export markets. The CPTPP preserves Canada’s flexibility to adopt and maintain programs and policies that support the creation, distribution and development of Canadian artistic expression or content, including in the digital environment. The CPTPP also recognizes the importance of cultural identity and diversity, and the fact that trade and investment can expand opportunities to enrich cultural expressions at home and abroad.
Canada and the other CPTPP parties will sign the agreement in Santiago, Chile, on March 8, 2018.
The Government has also posted the following online: