The Strategic Policy Sector (SPS) works closely with other federal departments, particularly the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Department of Finance, to represent Industry Canada's domestic industrial agenda over a range of international entities and negotiations. The goal is to secure or maintain access to export markets for Canadian goods and services and to improve the rules that govern international trade.
To carry out this work, the SPS
- monitors and evaluates trade and investment policy developments at home and abroad;
- conducts analysis on issues related to the trade-industry relationship;
- represents Canadian economic interests in multilateral negotiations, such as those at meetings of the World Trade Organization (see International Profile);
- participates on Canadian delegations in bilateral trade negotiations by providing industry-specific input on issues pertaining to non-agricultural goods, services and investment; and
- prepares briefing material and advice for the Minister and Deputy Minister of Industry on trade policy issues that cut across Industry Canada sectors.
For further information, see Trade and Investment.
Industry Canada's international trade policy activities are coordinated through the Trade Policy Unit in the Strategic Policy Branch.
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