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The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) is a means by which Canada, the United States and Mexico can work together to find approaches that address common issues. There are two main complementary themes in the partnership, the Prosperity Agenda and the Security Agenda. Initiatives under these agendas support continued, prosperous trade between the countries, while ensuring that each nation ― and the continent as a whole ― remains secure against external threats and criminal activity. The security and prosperity of a country go hand in hand.
Both agendas are based on the principle of the three North American countries working together to remove duplication and therefore reduce costs and burdens on exporters, importers and travellers. There is also a commitment to find consistencies ― for example, practices proposed or adopted in one country might address similar needs in the others.
Promoting growth and increasing economic opportunities
The Prosperity Agenda of the SPP supports efforts to promote growth and increase the economic opportunities available to Canadians and Canadian companies. It builds on the longstanding relationship among Canada, the US and Mexico to improve the quality of life of all North Americans.
In addition to being the lead for the Government of Canada on the SPP, the Minister of Industry oversees efforts to deliver on the priorities set out in the Prosperity Agenda. The work is coordinated through the SPP Secretariat at Industry Canada. Industry Canada works closely with Public Safety Canada (responsible for the Security Agenda), the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and other departments and agencies responsible for SPP initiatives. Both the Prosperity and Security agendas focus on the current Leaders' priorities through the relevant Working Groups as appropriate.
There are nine Working Groups that support the Prosperity Agenda as follows: