Openness is the engine that drives Canada

For proof that great things happen when our country embraces the world, look no further than the success of Japanese-brand automobiles in Canada

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Canada’s Auto Industry: Fuelled by Japan

Every car that’s built in Canada is done so by a foreign-owned company. Half of the auto manufacturing plants in Canada, and nearly half of the vehicles made, are by Japanese brands.
46% of the light vehicles built in Canada are Japanese brands — more than a million cars and SUVs per year.1
Toyota is Canada’s number one auto manufacturer. Honda is Canada’s number three auto manufacturer.2
Japanese automakers have invested more than $12 billion in assembly plants since 1985. There are five assembly and more than 60 Japanese-brand auto parts manufacturing plants in Canada.3
The Japanese-brand auto industry directly supports more than 80,000 jobs across Canada, from vehicle and parts manufacturing to sales and service at dealerships, up 69% since 2001.4


Canadians Have a Lot to Share

The world wants what Canada has. Giving Canada access to more markets means more opportunity for Canadians to share what they’re good at with the world.
In 2017, Canada exported four times more Japanese-brand vehicles than it imported. Since 1993, Canada has exported over 4.7 million more Japanese-brand vehicles than were imported.5
Foreign trade accounts for 53% of Canada's GDP – 73% of that trade is with fellow NAFTA nations the US and Mexico.6 With the CPTPP, Canada now has free trade agreements with every single member of the G7 countries.
The CPTPP is a crucial part of the Canadian government's plan to increase agri-food exports to $75 billion annually by 2025.7 It will give Canadian food producers enhanced access to more than 460 million potential customers.


Canadians Love Japanese Cars

Canadians have embraced Japanese-brand cars, and Japanese brands have embraced Canada. Not only are some of Canada’s favourite cars Japanese nameplates, Japanese manufacturers have been making vehicles and their parts here since 1986.
Canada's two favourite cars are the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. The Civic has been Canada's best-selling car for 20 years.8
Canada’s favourite crossover and sport utility vehicles are Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V.9
The Civic, Corolla, RAV4 and CR-V aren’t just popular in Canada — they’re made in Canada.10


Fairness Makes Canada a Better Place to Invest

Canada is regularly recognized as one of the best places in the world to live, work and do business. We have this reputation because we’re open and fair, with people and a government the world can count on.
The CPTPP will even the playing field, reducing the tariffs on cars from Japan to the same levels as those from the US, Mexico, South Korea and Europe. This increased certainty will send a positive message to investors from Japan, as well as other CPTPP nations.
Enhanced and diversified trade reduces Canada’s dependence on any one nation, and helps contribute to Canada’s place as the most reputable nation in the world in which to invest, travel and trade.11
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