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The Canada-Mexico Partnership has issued its 2012-2013 Annual Report. It highlights the work and progress of this important mechanism over the period and outlines its goals for the year ahead.


Canada-Mexico Partnership

The Canada-Mexico Partnership

Flexible, Innovative, One of a Kind


Canada and Mexico share a dynamic and prosperous relationship: as friends, as North American neighbours, and as strategic partners in the Americas and in the world.  Over the years, our cooperation has expanded across a wide range of  political, trade, social, environmental and security interests.

Canada-Mexico Partnership Origins

The Canada-Mexico Partnership (“CMP”)is our key mechanism for bilateral cooperation.  It serves as a catalyst for concerted action between our governments, private sectors, and non-governmental partners to pursue common goals.  It was launched in Ottawa in October 2004, the year marking the 60th anniversary of Canada-Mexico diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of NAFTA.  (See 2004 CMP statement [PDF 426 KB])

Canada-Mexico Partnership Overall Coordination

The Canada-Mexico Partnership meets once a year, with meetings alternating between Canada and Mexico.  The CMP is coordinated by senior public servants from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and from Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  There is no set membership of the CMP: rather, participation is determined by membership in one of the CMP’s 8 working groups.  The groups are not fixed:  the CMP facilitates accommodates shifts of priorities within groups as well as the phasing out or creation of new groups.

Canada-Mexico Partnership Working Groups (active in 2012-2013) 

  • Agri-business
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Housing and urban development
  • Human Capital
  • Labour Mobility; and
  • Trade, Investment and Innovation

Working group membership

The CMP’s working groups bring together representatives from the public sector and the private sector.  Each group is co-chaired by senior decision-makers from Canada and Mexico, from both the government and private sectors.  The public sector is represented by individuals at both the federal and provincial/state levels while the private sector comprises members of business and industry associations, academic communities and other organizations. 

Work of the groups

Each group develops its own goals and work plan and meets to advance its objectives on an as-needed basis.  An annual CMP meeting brings together all working groups to take stock of progress, highlight results and set new priorities.

CMP 2013 Annual Meeting:  Mexico City, Mexico

On July 8-9, 2013, participants from Canada and Mexico gathered in Mexico City for the CMP Annual Meeting. Each working group  reviewed the work of the past year and outlined its objectives for the future.

Previous CMP Meetings:  Host Country

May 2012 - Canada
April 2011 - Mexico
April 2010 – Canada
March 2009 – Mexico
March 2008 - Canada
March 2007 – Mexico
October 2006 - Canada
March 2006 – Mexico
September 2005 – Canada
October 2004 – (Launch) Canada


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