March 15, 2019
Canada’s fish and seafood sector is a growing and vital part of the Canadian economy, providing good middle class jobs and providing economic opportunity to coastal communities. Canadian exports of fish and seafood increased to almost $7 billion in 2018, and Seafood Expo North America will provide a world-wide platform to grow the industry.
The Seafood Expo, which runs from March 17-19 in Boston, Mass., is the largest trade exposition of its kind in North America, with more than 100 Canadian exhibitors and representatives from the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia looking to grow and expand markets.
“The world wants – and needs – more Canada,” saysMary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. “Canadian businesses in the fish and seafood sector are in demand for their high-quality products and through our 14 trade agreements, they now have access to over 1.5 billion customers. When Canada’s fish and seafood sector grows through exporting, the economy thrives and good jobs are created. That’s why our government invested in a $1.1 billion Export Diversification Strategy to help Canadian businesses become export ready.”
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Sean Casey, will lead Canada’s delegation in Boston. He will host a Canada reception, meet with Canadian fish and seafood stakeholders, meet with provincial ministers responsible for fish and seafood as well as participants from the United States and other countries.
“I’m honoured to be representing the Government of Canada at this year’s Seafood Expo North America,” says Casey. “Canada’s fish and seafood industry is a vital part of our economy and our communities. With growing global demand for our world-class fish and seafood products, I’m looking forward to working closely with the provinces and territories and industry stakeholders to help bolster the future of the sector through strategic partnerships, investments, innovations and clean technologies.”