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Toronto, May 31, 2016 – Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly is in Brussels promoting small business opportunities between Canada and the European Union within the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
“Small firms are a big deal when it comes to trade, representing 40 per cent of Canada’s international exports. CETA presents a terrific opportunity for Canada’s small- and medium-sized businesses to grow their market share,” said Kelly. “The trade agreement makes progress on important small business priorities for easing trade with Europe, including reducing tariffs and simplifying rules and border procedures.”
Kelly will join International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland on a panel discussing CETA at the European Business Summit, a conference of business leaders held by the Confederation of European Business.
In addition, Kelly met with Canadian Ambassador to the European Union, Daniel Costello, Members of European Parliament and several Belgian and EU-wide small business associations.
The European Union represents the second-largest market for Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses. While half of Canadian firms import from international markets, over 20 per cent of export to the world.
To arrange an interview with Dan Kelly, please contact Ryan Mallough at 416-222-8022, or [email protected].
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.