The trade mission at a glance
From June 1 to 8, 2018, the Chamber’s Acclr team of international trade experts, in partnership with the Ville de Montréal, invites Québec companies and organizations to participate in the first economic mission to Japan led by Mayor of Montréal and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, Valérie Plante.
The mission will begin during Air Canada's first direct flight from Montréal to Tokyo and will make its way through several cities in Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Montréal and Hiroshima and Kyoto (optional).
Participation in the mission includes:
- Preliminary meeting
- A preferential rate for the inaugural flight in economy, premium economy or business class (seats limited)
- Networking activities (business luncheon(s), cocktail(s))
- Individual meetings (optional)
- Accommodation (depending on the package chosen)
- Group meals that are part of the mission program
- Directory of members of the mission, including the profile of each participant, handed over to Japanese interlocutors
- Support for the entire length of the trip
- Organization of logistics for the trip
The City of Montréal will support the organization of individual business networking for businesses with Japanese partners by providing financial assistance to businesses in the Montréal agglomeration.
To benefit from this support, companies must meet eligibility criteria and submit their application for approval. The aid will be granted until the available budget is exhausted.
Contact us to find out if you are eligible
Japan is the third leading economic power in the world. The country offers an excellent business climate and favourable environment. This is almong others because of its first-rate infrastructure, low corruption and highly skilled, specialized labour.
International trade is essential to its prosperity. In 2016, Japan was the fourth leading importer and exporter of goods. According to the World Bank, international trade represented approximately 36% of its GDP in 2015.
In 2016, Japan was Québec’s second most important Asian trading partner (after China), with merchandise exports of $1.3 billion. Japan ranks seventh among Québec’s international trading partners.
Canada and Japan are part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), signed on March 8, 2018. The CPTPP involves 11 countries: Canada, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Together, these 11 countries represent 500 million people and a combined GDP of $13.5 billion.
Once in force, the CPTPP will be one of the largest economic agreements in the world. This agreement will improve access to the Japanese market and to the Asia-Pacific region.
The trade mission led by the Mayor of Montréal will be the first mission organized in the framework of this agreement.
Don't miss this opportunity to access the Japanese market!
Who should take part in the trade mission
This multi-sector trade mission is for businesses that want to break into the Japanese market.
The following sectors are especially encouraged to participate:
- Cultural industries
- Video games
- Information technology and communications
- Life sciences
- Transportation (electrification of transportation)