Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
The Government of Canada and the European Union have negotiated a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the participation of all provinces and territories. In February 2012 the Toronto Food Policy Council submitted a letter to the Toronto City Council Executive Committee about the implications of CETA for Toronto. At the same time a staff report was also written and delivered to the Executive Committee on the implications of CETA for Toronto and status of negotiations. This staff report was based on a motion by Councilor Glenn De Baeremaeker and seconded by Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam to protect Toronto’s interests from CETA that was referred by City Council to the Executive Committee.
In March 2012 Toronto City Council voted for the province of Ontario to provide a permanent exemption from the Canada-EU free trade deal. This later led to a request to the province of Ontario by City Council in November 2013 to brief them on CETA.