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Canada-China Free Trade Agreements

In September 2012, Canada signed a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China. FIPAs are Canada’s name for bilateral investment treaties, which are used by large global corporations to challenge public policies or local decisions that stand in the way of their profits. The first Canadian FIPA was a single chapter (Chapter 11) of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Due to the extreme investment protections included in NAFTA, Canada was forced to pay out $160 million to large U.S. corporations that challenged certain public decisions, including environmental policies. Some Canadian mining companies are using FIPAs in their work in developing countries to seek compensation following opposition from communities struggling against the implementation of megaprojects.

NEWS: Canada-China FIPA to be voted on in the House of Commons on April 23

NEWS: Canada-China FIPA to be voted on in the House of Commons on April 23

UPDATED: Monday, April 22 at 6:40 p.m. EST, the NDP will ask Parliament to stop the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection ...
ACTION ALERT: Urgent appeal to help stop the Canada-China investment treaty (FIPA)

ACTION ALERT: Urgent appeal to help stop the Canada-China investment treaty (FIPA)

Dear friends, I come to you with an urgent appeal on behalf of the Hupacasath First Nation in British Columbia ...
Council of Canadians supports First Nations legal challenge to Canada-China investment treaty (FIPA)

Council of Canadians supports First Nations legal challenge to Canada-China investment treaty (FIPA)

Ottawa – The Council of Canadians supports the Hupacasath First Nation’s legal challenge to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and ...
Harper wants to protect business, not human rights, on visit to China: FIPA should be rejected, says Council of Canadians

Harper wants to protect business, not human rights, on visit to China: FIPA should be rejected, says Council of Canadians

Ottawa – The signing of a Foreign Investment Protection Agreement with China during the Prime Minister’s state visit this week ...
NEWS: Fast to announce FIPAs with Cameroon and Zambia at PDAC convention in Toronto

NEWS: Fast to announce FIPAs with Cameroon and Zambia at PDAC convention in Toronto

The Lumwana copper mine in Zambia. Photo by Barrick. The Globe and Mail reports, "Canada will announce (foreign investment promotion ...
NEWS: Grewal speaks at Canada-China FIPA legal challenge media conference

NEWS: Grewal speaks at Canada-China FIPA legal challenge media conference

Yesterday's media conference. Photo by David P. Ball/ The Tyee.ca. The Tyee reports, "Unions, citizen groups, and environmentalists have joined ...
UPDATE: The Council of Canadians working to stop the Canada-China FIPA

UPDATE: The Council of Canadians working to stop the Canada-China FIPA

“The federal government has not acted with due diligence and have clearly not fulfilled constitutional obligations they have to either ...
NEWS: First Nations files legal challenge against Canada-China FIPA

NEWS: First Nations files legal challenge against Canada-China FIPA

iPolitics reports, "It’s looking increasingly likely that the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) will get its day ...