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The Canada-Mexico Partnership

Introduction

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.

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The Canada-Mexico Partnership has issued its 2018 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 2018

  • Agri-business
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Human Capital
  • 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.

2018 Annual Meeting: Ottawa, Canada

The 14th Annual Canada–Mexico Partnership (CMP) Meeting was held in Ottawa on October 11th and 12th, 2018.  The meeting took place over a day and a half dedicated to reviewing results achieved in the past year and setting priorities for the coming year. We wish to particularly recognize and thank the engagement and active participation of the private sector and of non-governmental organizations in the working groups which has increased throughout the years and which greatly enriches the CMP process. Canadian provinces and the private industry are also important stakeholders. We would like to particularly highlight the participation of the provinces of Québec and Alberta during the 2018 CMP meeting. The 2018 Annual Report presents an impressive array of results by the Working Groups of the CMP. The achieved outcomes reflect the deepening bilateral relationship and shared values, as well as the importance that both countries place on delivering on jointly agreed-to objectives. Mexico will host the next CMP meeting on November 27 and 28, 2019. 

Previous CMP Meetings:  Host Country

  • October 2018 - Canada
  • 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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Date Modified:
2019-03-15