Ottawa: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, will visit Canada on March 23 to 24, 2023 to continue working closely together to strengthen trade ties, create good jobs, grow the middle class, and drive economic growth that benefits everyone on both sides of the border. They will also continue to increase collaboration on defence and security, climate action, and immigration.
With the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement as the foundation, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden will underscore the importance of our mutually beneficial economic relationship to bolster competitiveness and build resilient supply chains, including on critical minerals – the building blocks for the clean economy. They will also discuss the progress made under the February 2021 Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership to advance bilateral cooperation on shared priorities including taking ambitious climate action and advancing countries where no one is left behind.
Keeping North Americans safe from new and emerging threats requires a coordinated response. The Prime Minister and the President will highlight ongoing cooperation on continental defence, including NORAD’s key role in defending North America. They will also advance cooperation in the Arctic.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden will also continue to cooperate on global issues of mutual interest includ-ing continuing their unwavering support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s war of aggression and advancing solutions to the broader global impacts of the war like food and energy security.
They will also continue to support the people of Haiti and Haitian-led efforts to address the ongoing crisis. The leaders will further commit to advancing our countries’ shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific region, including national security, economic prosperity, respect for international law and human rights, democratic values, public health, and protecting our environment.
Trudeau said: “Canada and the United States are allies, neighbours, and most importantly, friends. As we face increasing global uncertainty, we will continue working together as we defend our continent and our shared values, create more opportunities for people and businesses on both sides of the border, and build strong economies as reliable suppliers as we move toward a net-zero world. I look forward to welcoming President Biden to Canada.”
• This will be President Biden’s first in-person visit since becoming president.
• Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden have met on numerous occasions since the President’s inauguration in January 2021, including the first bilateral (virtual) meeting in February 2021, and again in November 2021, in Washington DC, in June 2022, in Los Angeles and in January 2023, at the North American Leaders Summit in Mexico City. They have also met on the margins of several international summits and meetings.
• He will be joined by the First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden. The President will make an address to Parliament.
• Canada and the U.S. share the longest land border in the world, which is close to 9,000 km in length.
• It is estimated that around 400,000 people crossed the Canada-United States border every day (pre-pandemic) and that there were about 800,000 Canadian citizens living in the United States in 2021.
• Canada and the U.S. share one of the largest trading relationships in the world, with $1 trillion in bilateral trade in goods and services in 2021, making Canada the largest U.S. partner in goods and services.
• Canada and the U.S. are each other’s top sources of imported energy.
• In February 2021, Prime Minister Trudeau and U.S. President Biden launched the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership, which lays out an ambitious framework to grow our economies, strengthen the middle class, and build a healthier future.
• In 2021, Prime Minister Trudeau and U.S. President Biden established the Canada-U.S. Supply Chain Working Group which strengthens bilateral supply chain security and resilience.
• The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) is one of the largest free trade regions in the world, generating economic growth for the people of all the member countries.
• Canada and the U.S. work closely in multilateral fora, such as: Arctic Council, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), G20, G7, NATO, Organization of American States (OAS), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), UN and World Trade Organization (WTO).