Manitoba Signs On to Join New West Partnership Trade Agreement

November 17, 2016 10:30 AM | News

Brian Pallister

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is the latest province to join the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, meant to open doors to new trade opportunities to expand the interprovincial market.

“Business owners, community leaders and chambers of commerce from across Manitoba have long called for our province to pursue new opportunities for growth and reduced trade barriers,” said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

“Joining the New West Partnership will bring these advantages. We look forward to working with British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to expand opportunities and support stronger economies right across Western Canada.”

The combined GDP of the agreement is more than $750 billion and creates an open, common market of more than 11 million people.

The agreement commits each jurisdiction to enhance trade, investment and labour mobility, and to remove barriers to movement of goods, services, investment and people within and between the provinces.