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It’s time for a trade diversification office in the Indo-Pacific.


The Indo-Pacific region represents a significant opportunity for Canada to diversify its agricultural exports while positively impacting global food security. To achieve this outcome, Canada’s major value chain agriculture industry associations have developed a robust business case for the establishment of a Canadian trade diversification office in the Indo-Pacific region.

Roughly half of Canada's non-durum wheat is exported to Asia.

75% of Canada's lentil and pea exports are destined for Asian markets annually.

Today, more than 40% of Canada's canola seed, oil and meal exports are currently bound for the Indo-Pacific.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought global food security and supply-chain issues to the forefront. At the same time, the Government of Canada is developing an Indo-Pacific Strategy that aims to diversify Canada’s export markets, and help ensure that our competitiveness is well insulated against unforeseen market disruptions.

The Indo-Pacific is an important and fast-growing export region for agricultural commodities but protectionist trends will continue to present barriers to Canada’s ability to access Indo-Pacific markets.

By establishing an Indo-Pacific Diversification Office that strengthens engagement on market access issues, Canada can enhance the role played by Canadian agriculture exports as a supplier of safe, sustainable, and high-quality foods into this region. This will enhance our contributions to food security in the region while driving economic opportunities for Canadian farmers and exporters. To realize these benefits, the Government of Canada should establish a multi-disciplinary team based in the region with a mandate to address and resolve existing and emerging market access issues.

"The Indo-Pacific Diversification Office will support solutions and proactive efforts needed to increase market access and expanded trade into this important region."

This new trade diversification office will:

  • Create an in-region centre of excellence that positions Canada as a trusted knowledge partner to key markets in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Allow a dedicated and resourced market access team to maintain regular contact with agriculture policy makers and regulators in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Provide rapid response and proactive action towards addressing market access barriers.
  • Ensure Canada is at the leading edge of emerging trends in the region while facilitating communication with foreign officials.
  • Create the condition for more frequent interactions with regulators in importing countries and leverage experts to support building technical capacity regionally and championing science-based regulatory approaches.
  • Deliver a common, timely voice for Canada and a coordinated response to market access and trade issues by coordinating between various levels of government and industry which currently have offices and staff in the region.

Led by experienced market access officers with a focus on engaging in the region quickly and proactively, it should include:

  • Technical personnel (plant science, plant pathology, veterinarians) to prevent and address  market access issues arising from sanitary and phytosanitary measures;
  • Regulatory policy experts who can assist in building capacity regionally and championing science-based regulatory approaches in key export markets; and
  • Agriculture and trade policy personnel.


Canada needs a stronger presence in the Indo Pacific.

The Canola Council of Canada, Cereals Canada, and Pulse Canada represent the largest crop value chains in Canadian agriculture, representing over $45 billion in economic activity annually, supporting over 250,000 jobs, and accounting for over 77% of all principal field crop production in Canada.