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Research

The Global Commerce Centre conducts research on the most important issues facing global trade. Our research addresses topics such as:

Emerging Trends in Global Commerce

  • Global, climate-friendly trade opportunities
  • Which Canadian industries are best prepared to export to U.S. markets?
  • Inclusive globalization: Addressing labour force disenchantment
  • Trade in high-value services
  • Canada’s changing role in global value chains
  • The most promising future markets for Canada, including opportunities in India, China, Mexico
  • Canada’s trade forecast

The Next Generation of Trade Deals

  • Modernizing NAFTA: Opportunities for Canada
  • Impact of Canada–EU trade deal (CETA)

Success Strategies

  • Effective Canadian business strategies in emerging markets and Europe
  • Strategies for success for SMEs

Browse our latest research below or take a look at our research in focus:


Latest Research

Canadian Green Trade and Value Chains: Defining the Opportunities report coverCanadian Green Trade and Value Chains: Defining the Opportunities

Published August 2017
There is a large business opportunity waiting in the international green trade market. The briefing considers the key issues influencing green trade, where it fits within the broad trade policy context, and the constraints on the green trade market. It concludes with some proposed research topics to start the process.

Clean Trade: Global Opportunities in Climate-Friendly Technologies report coverClean Trade: Global Opportunities in Climate-Friendly Technologies

Published July 2017
This briefing identifies the opportunity for Canada to enhance its global commerce by exporting climate-friendly technologies, such as renewable energy, energy-efficiency technologies, and waste management products.


 

NAFTA 2.0 and Canada: Upgrading a 20th Century Deal for a 21st Century World report coverNAFTA 2.0 and Canada: Upgrading a 20th Century Deal for a 21st Century World

Published June 2017
The election of Donald Trump has pushed renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the top of the list of Canada’s trade priorities. This report provides recommendations on what Canada should seek to achieve.


 

 

 

Succeeding in the Age of Trump: Refocusing Canada’s International Trade and Economic Priorities report coverSucceeding in the Age of Trump: Refocusing Canada’s International Trade and Economic Priorities

Published April 2017
How should Canada position itself in the new trade and economic era? This briefing discusses how Canada might refocus its international trade and economic priorities in the age of Trump.

Chinese Demand: What’s Growing and Open to Canadian Companies report coverChinese Demand: What’s Growing and Open to Canadian Companies

Published February 2017
This report is the first of two publications that assess Canadian opportunities in China. This report examines Chinese demand for goods and services and the country’s openness to foreign engagement.

Responding to Chinese Demand: Canadian Industries’ Competitiveness and Capacity report coverResponding to Chinese Demand: Canadian Industries’ Competitiveness and Capacity

Published February 2017
This briefing is the second of two publications assessing Canadian opportunities in China. It evaluates the Canadian industries best positioned to respond to rising Chinese demand for goods and services, based on their global competitiveness and capacity.

Canadian Trade Forecast by Main Trading Partners: What Will Canada’s Trade Look Like in 2020? report coverCanadian Trade Forecast by Main Trading Partners: What Will Canada’s Trade Look Like in 2020?

Published October 2016
This briefing provides an overview of our outlook for Canadian exports and imports, focusing on its main trading partners—the U.S., the European Union (excluding the United Kingdom), the U.K., and China. The briefing expands on the long-standing forecast by industry, as found in our Canadian Outlook.

Canada’s Most Important Future Global Markets report coverCanada’s Most Important Future Global Markets

Published July 2016
This report identifies Canada’s top 25 most important future global markets by developing two indexes—Country Potential Index and Canadian Engagement Index—and determining the countries that rank highest on both.

Canada’s New Trade and Technology Paradigm: Finding the Right Policy Mix report coverCanada’s New Trade and Technology Paradigm: Finding the Right Policy Mix

Published July 2016
This briefing examines the dramatic changes in the global economy in recent decades, the forces behind them, and the policy response that would best position Canadian firms and the entire economy to take advantage of the opportunities presented.

Taking Advantage of the Economic and Trade Agreement With Europe report coverTaking Advantage of the Economic and Trade Agreement With Europe

Published May 2016
Numerous winning strategies are available to large corporations and SMEs in Quebec seeking integration into the European market—in particular: targeting specific regions, exporting high value added goods or services, and constant innovation.

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Danielle Goldfarb discusses the impact that tariff elimination under CETA could have on Canada’s key goods exports.

Canada’s Next Trade Era: Which Industries Are Prepared to Take On U.S. Demand? report coverCanada’s Next Trade Era: Which Industries Are Prepared to Take On U.S. Demand?

Published February 2016
This report identifies which of 38 Canadian industries are poised for success in the new trade era that is characterized by lower commodity prices, a lower-valued Canadian dollar, and a rebound in U.S. demand.

Becoming a Services Superpower: Tapping Into the Global Appetite for High-Value Services report coverBecoming a Services Superpower: Tapping Into the Global Appetite for High-Value Services

Published December 2015
High-value business services are in global demand. This report, the third in a series, looks at how Canada can position itself as a high-value business services superpower.


 

Photo of Jacqueline Palladini speaking
Jacqueline Palladini discusses how, why and where services are traded abroad

Photo of Jacqueline Palladini speaking
Jacqueline Palladini discusses Canada selling services trade to the world.


Understanding the Four Faces of Europe: Preparing for Freer Commerce report coverUnderstanding the Four Faces of Europe: Preparing for Freer Commerce

Published October 2015
This briefing identifies—based on economic and business criteria—four European country groupings, each presenting pros and cons for Canadian businesses.

Good Service Is Good Business: The Value Services Add to Canadian Goods Exports report coverGood Service Is Good Business: The Value Services Add to Canadian Goods Exports

Published September 2015
This is the second report in a research series on services in Canada’s global commerce picture. It uses newly available data to quantify and analyze the value that services add to the competitiveness of Canada’s exported goods.

Stronger Ties: CETA Tariff Elimination and the Impact on Canadian Exports report coverStronger Ties: CETA Tariff Elimination and the Impact on Canadian Exports

Published July 2015
This briefing aims to assess the impact that tariff elimination under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement could have on Canada’s key goods exports.


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