June 3, 2018 — Ottawa, Ontario — Global Affairs Canada

Canada’s aluminum sector is a critical provider of jobs and innovation. It prospers thanks to international trade rules and efforts by multilateral international institutions such as the G7, G20 and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). On June 4, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, will participate in the Montreal Aluminium Summit, an exceptional meeting of industry representatives from G7 member countries, to address global overcapacity in primary aluminum production.

Minister Champagne will deliver remarks at the summit and participate in a round table discussion to provide Canada’s perspective on the importance of defending and promoting international trade rules and all similar efforts by multilateral international institutions.


“The Government of Canada has shown strong leadership in supporting industry-led initiatives to address the problem of overcapacity in primary aluminum production. This summit is an important forum in which to discuss the issue and seek workable solutions. It is also an important occasion to underscore Canada’s steadfast support of the workers, supply chain and communities, particularly in Quebec and British Columbia that depend on the world-class products the industry creates. I look forward to the discussions, which will certainly help inform this week’s G7 Leaders’ Summit in La Malbaie and the G20 Summit later this year.”

– François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

Quick facts

  • Canada’s aluminum industry contributes $4.7 billion to our GDP each year and provides 10,500 jobs.
  • Canada’s primary aluminum industry is a vital supplier to both Canadian and American energy, construction and manufacturing industries, especially the automotive and aerospace sectors.
  • Canada and the U.S. share a highly integrated aluminum market, with combined trade of more than US$11.4 billion.

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