The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, will lead her first Women’s Trade Mission to the United Kingdom (U.K.) from March 13 to 16, 2023. The mission will focus on expanding trade between businesses owned and led by women in technology-based sectors such as clean technologies, information and communications technologies, and life sciences.
Increasing the participation of women-owned small and medium enterprises in international trade is a priority for the Government of Canada. Such increased participation will promote Canada’s economic growth and foster greater gender equality.
The U.K. is Canada’s largest export country market in Europe, and the 2 countries have a strong commercial relationship founded on shared history and values. In March 2022, Canada and the U.K. announced the start of negotiations toward an inclusive and sustainable Canada-United Kingdom free trade agreement that ensures everyone benefits from trade, including women, Indigenous peoples, Black and racialized entrepreneurs, 2SLGBTQIA+ people and youth.