True North Free Trade Forum 2023: Maximizing the CFTA

Forum: June 14-16, 2023

The Ontario Government - in partnership with Canadian provinces and territories - is proud to host the True North Free Trade Forum 2023, bringing together Canadian companies to exchange ideas and meet potential business partners and suppliers to increase trade and strengthen domestic supply chains.

The 2023 Forum will focus on creating connections for companies in the Food and Beverage, Clean Tech and Information Technology sectors.

This year, the Business Forum will be held virtually from June 14-16 and will feature a prominent keynote speaker and plenary session about the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), interprovincial and territorial export opportunities and supports available for small and medium sized Canadian enterprises.

New this year will be an in-person session featuring Ministers responsible for Internal Trade from across Canada titled Reflections on the Impact of the CFTA. The discussion will be held in Toronto in the afternoon of June 13 and will provide an opportunity to talk about how the Canadian Free Trade Agreement has made interprovincial trade, investment, and labour mobility easier since coming into force in July 2017, and to consider future priorities for internal trade.

Ontario looks forward to welcoming businesses from across Canada to the second True North Free Trade Forum. Last year’s participants underscored the need for innovative pan-Canadian solutions to ensure Canada’s supply chains remain competitive. A strong and resilient economy relies on an open and predictable trade environment so supplies and services can get to where they are needed, when they are needed. Join us as we unlock our potential, create new opportunities and forge new partnerships.

Vic Fedeli
Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Each day, Ontario’s food and beverage processors produce some of the best goods in the world and our government proudly supports opportunities to showcase these products to the rest of the country. Through this Forum, Ontario’s food industry will have the opportunity to increase domestic trade and grow the economy. A strong and robust agri-food sector is a driving force for our economic recovery, as we know the hard work from our farmers, processors, producers and retailers is helping to strengthen the province.

Lisa Thompson
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Past forums have been a resounding success!

Virtual B2B Meetings
Anchor Companies
Anticipated Interprovincial Sales
Over 16,000
messages exchanged
Profiles viewed through online platform

Anchor Buyer Organizations

Food and Beverage

Farm Boy logo
Tree of Life logo

Cleantech and ICT

BC Ferries logo
Bridgestone Canada Inc. logo
Enbridge 175 Anniversary logo
Pharmascience Inc. logo

In Partnership with


Please note that a company or individual's participation as a vendor or buyer at the virtual True North Free Trade Forum (the "Forum") does not indicate an endorsement by the Ontario government nor by its government partners in other Canadian provinces and territories (the "Event Organizers"). The Event Organizers have not verified the truth or lawfulness of any statements or practices by vendors or buyers, and bear no responsibility for any financial or other loss stemming from their participation in the Forum. The Event Organizers receive no financial gain from the Forum or related activities.