Questionnaire: Intellectual property in Canada’s free trade agenda

The Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division (TMI) of Global Affairs Canada is interested in consulting Canadians on their experiences regarding intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in respect of Canada’s existing and future trading partners, including China, MERCOSUR, Mexico, and the United States. The Royal Society of Canada has been encouraged to invite its Members to provide feedback. The feedback received from this questionnaire will help the Government of Canada with its negotiation and renegotiation of possible free trade agreements.

More details are below. To participate please contact Russel MacDonald.


The Government of Canada is committed to creating the most favourable conditions for Canadian businesses to compete internationally and is working to negotiate free trade agreements with our trading partners to create new opportunities for Canadians and Canadian businesses, as well as to create jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

The Government of Canada recently held consultations in respect of possible free trade agreements with China and MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay), and recently launched consultations with Canadians on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States and Mexico.

On May 18, 2017, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the U.S. Administration’s intent to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding the modernization of NAFTA. Among the areas identified for NAFTA modernization, the notification specifically makes reference to “new provisions to address intellectual property rights”. While formal negotiations have not been launched, existing chapters of the current NAFTA, including NAFTA Chapter Seventeen: Intellectual Property, could be examined as part of a modernization discussion.

Given the respect that we have for your time, and as an alternative to filling out this questionnaire, we would be pleased to make arrangements to hear your views on IP, as well as any responses you may have to the attached questions. If desired, we would encourage you to contact the Intellectual Property Trade Policy division at Global Affairs Canada at to arrange a meeting at your convenience.