Trade Negotiations and International Commerce

Trade has always been and will continue to be a vital part of the Nova Scotia economy. The Trade Policy division is responsible for articulating and furthering Nova Scotia’s interests in domestic and international trade negotiations and agreements.

Trade Agreements

In partnership with the Government of Canada, Nova Scotia is committed to creating the most favourable conditions for Nova Scotian businesses to compete internationally.

Trade agreements open new markets for Nova Scotia exports and help to increase volume and value of exports. The need for export growth and diversification is a nationwide area of focus, which is why the Government of Canada over the last decade has engaged in multiple free trade agreement negotiations and exploratory discussions. Since 2006, Canada has signed trade agreements with more than 39 countries.

Government of Canada trade and investment agreements website provides access to major agreements that help Nova Scotia exporters. For information on the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) go to CFTA website.

Additional Information

For information on trade policy contact Intergovernmental Affairs:

For export development programs and services, contact:
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Business Development Bank of Canada
Export Development Canada

For information on logistics, freight and transportation:
Port of Halifax
Halifax Stanfield International Airport

For information on customs and trade facilitation related issues, please contact the Trade Commissioners service