Canada will eliminate the visa requirement for Mexican citizens Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today in a joint press statement with President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“The ties between our societies are increasingly intense and dynamic. I therefore welcome the Canadian government’s decision to lift the visa requirement for Mexicans as of December 1 of this year. This barrier was erected in 2009 and today, with great political will, we are tearing it down”.

During this first state visit by a Mexican president to Canada in 15 years, several agreements were reached and the bilateral relationship was renewed.

“I am absolutely convinced that today marks the start of a renewed relationship between Canada and Mexico, two countries that face the future together and are strengthened by working together, as allies, but particularly as the friends we are”.

Agreements and achievements

The leaders of both countries, Canada and Mexico agreed to work together on the same vision of inclusive development.

Canada and Mexico wish to work together on a common vision of inclusive development and have therefore decided to establish a strategic, high-level dialogue to identify priority areas of bilateral cooperation based on four pillars: shared, inclusive prosperity, regional and global leadership, public safety and facilitating the mobility of people.

As part of this state visit, 14 agreements were signed, including those to expand student exchanges, share information and experiences on security, promote the development of indigenous peoples and increase tourism.

It was agreed to allow imports to Mexico of certain Canadian beef products, once the necessary technical procedures and sanitary inspections have been completed to ensure the safety of cattle over 30 months old. This could come into effect as of October 2016.

The leaders discussed the need to create public policies in favor of inclusion, highlighting the development of young people and indigenous peoples and the right to equal marriage and gender identity.

Trade links

“Canada and Mexico are convinced that international trade and regional integration are the engine for shared economic growth and social welfare.

During this state visit, new investments in Mexico of over $2.3 billion Canadian dollars have been announced, confirming Canadian entrepreneurs’ confidence in Mexico.

These include Innergex in Puebla; Martinrea in San Luis Potosí; Starcore International Mines in Querétaro, Sonora and San Luis Potosí; Panamericana Silver Core in Zacatecas and Chihuahua; and the Transcanada  project to build a sea-bed pipeline, from southern Texas to Tuxpan, Veracruz.

 “Today marks the start of a renewed relationship between Canada and Mexico: two countries that face the future united and are strengthened by working together”.