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The Canada-Mexico Partnership


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.


The Canada-Mexico Partnership has issued its 2017 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 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 and mutually beneficial priorities.  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 Global Affairs Canada 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 eight working groups. The groups are not fixed:  the CMP accommodates shifts of priorities within groups as well as the phasing out or creation of new groups.

Canada-Mexico Partnership Working Groups (active in 2017-2018) 

  • Agri-business
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Human Capital
  • Labour Mobility
  • Mining
  • Trade, Investment and Innovation
  • Creativity and Culture

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.

2017 Annual Meeting: Mexico City, Mexico

The 2017 Canada Mexico Partnership (CMP) Annual Meeting, held in Mexico City November 23-24, was attended by close to 200 members of Canada’s and Mexico’s public, non-governmental, and private sectors. This year’s CMP meeting was particularly exciting in the context of the recent revitalising of the relationship between Canada and Mexico and the many positive developments that ensued. Working Group agendas were filled with varied topics and key issues such as Women in Mining, Women in Energy, and Indigenous academic mobility. Many joint sessions were held and private sector associations were key participants in many meetings. Overall, the CMP meeting’s objectives were met and action plan items have been identified for each working group to advance their work in the coming year. A summary of achievements and action plan items for each working group can be found in the final report. Canada will host the next CMP meeting on October 11-12, 2018 in Ottawa.

Previous CMP Meetings:  Host Country

  • November 2017 – Mexico
  • November 2016 – Canada
  • November 2015 - Mexico
  • September 2014 - Canada
  • July 2013 - Mexico
  • 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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