Updated: March 13, 2019

About the CPTPP

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) gives access to ten countries around the Pacific Rim, many of which are prime targets for wheat exports. With a combined trading block representing 495 million people and a combined GDP of $13.5 trillion, representing 13% of global GDP, there is enormous potential growth for Canadian exports, including wheat and other agricultural products.

The Issues

As one of the first six countries to sign the CPTPP, virtually all of the exports to the member countries are tariff free.

Canadian growers and the transportation system need to ensure that we can quickly establish inroads into all of the wheat markets.

Our Position

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers supports the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

What We Are Doing

Wheat Growers Voice Concerns With Federal Government

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) was not pleased with what was presented in the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement 2020. The group says that agriculture and specifically grain farmers were expecting to be at least acknowledged as leading the economic recovery from COVID-19.

Federal Government Forgets About Grain Farmers

CALGARY, AB: With the release of the Fall Economic Statement 2020, agriculture and specifically grain farmers were expecting to be at least acknowledged as leading the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Grain farmers have met with Ottawa officials on numerous occasions and our voices have consistently fallen on deaf ears. Agriculture is a major economic driver […]

Analysis: Will Biden seek to re-join the CPTPP trading bloc?

One of President Trump’s first actions as US President was to pull out of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries that would have comprised around 40% of the world’s GDP and had the potential to reduce and eliminate tariffs on some 18,000 agricultural and manufactured products.

Grain Farmers in Ottawa

Joint release from grain and oilseed farmers from Grain Farmers of Ontario, Producteurs de grains du Québec, the Atlantic Grains Council and Western Canada Wheat Growers who are in Ottawa to shine a spot light on policy priorities for the grains and oilseed farmers they represent.

Federal Budget Fails Entrepreneurial Grain Farmers

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers put a failing grade on the 2019 Federal Budget announced yesterday. What little is contained in the budget for agriculture only fixes problems that the federal government has previously created. The new exclusion of the carbon tax on cardlock fuel should never have been necessary. Compensation for sectors […]

Don’t Forget Trade, Please

"As Washington whispers about collusion and Ottawa sinks into a scandal that will dominate the media for months pre-election, the economies of the United States and Canada continue to hum along. But I’m concerned they will face disruption if we fail to confront the turmoil that’s brewing in our trading partnership," begins Cherilyn's op-ed piece.

Most Canadian farmers praise quick passage of CPTPP law

New opportunities and a levelled playing field with other agriculture exporters are lauded.  

CPTPP Now Closer to Implementation

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are pleased that Canada has given Royal Assent to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). As the fifth country to ratify the agreement, the CPTPP only needs one more partner country to ratify before it comes into force. Once the sixth country ratifies the agreement, […]

US gains easier access to Canadian wheat market

The new North American trade deal gives US wheat easier access to Canada but it is not expected to result in a large influx of US wheat. The agreement allows US wheat to be treated the same as Canadian wheat in the Canadian grain grading system.

New Trade Agreement Requires Changes To Canada’s Grain Act

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association sees the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement as a good step forward for Canada. One change impacting the wheat sector is that any registered wheat varieties grown on either side of the border would be recognized in the other country.

Federal Government Needs to Ratify the CPTPP

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers calls for the immediate ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. “The Canadian government has invested $3 Billion in agriculture in an effort to grow trade and expand markets, but has not yet taken the obvious step of ratifying the CPTPP in order to open […]

CPTPP – A strong future for Canadian grain farmers

"I love growing grain. I’ve done it my whole life and I am proud of the quality product my family and I produce in Saskatchewan. Canadian grain farmers are known for growing more grain on existing land in a sustainable manner."

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