China arrested Kovrig, a former diplomat, and fellow Canadian Michael Spavor in December 2018.
The U.S. is working to help American miners and battery makers expand into Canada as demand for electrified transportation is set to surge over the next decade.
New White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday said President Joe Biden's first world leader call would be to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Growers have been demonstrating against laws they fear could pave the way for the government to stop buying grain at guaranteed prices.
Trudeau said Monday he spoke with President-elect Joe Biden about China's imprisonment of two Canadians in retaliation for the arrest of a top Huawei executive.
Chrystia Freeland was named to the job after her predecessor, Bill Morneau, stepped down on Monday.
Canada's finance minister has announced his resignation amid reports of differences with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over government spending to protect the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of new Chinese national security legislation and could boost immigration from the former British colony, top officials said on Friday.
Huawei, caught in the crossfire of a larger U.S.-China trade and technology battle, has given masks to a number of countries around the world.
The United States is expected to announce restrictions on travel across the border with Mexico as part of the effort to stem the tide of the coronavirus pandemic, a source told NBC News.
The United States border with Canada will temporarily close to "non-essential traffic" due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
President Emmanuel Macron of France said people may leave their homes only for essential duties. "We are in a health war," Macron said.
The Dow opened Friday on Wall Street more than 1,000 points higher.
Dow futures, reversing overnight losses, were pointing to bounce at Friday's open.
Trudeau himself is in "good health with no symptoms," according to a statement posted on Twitter by his communications director.
The highly-anticipated trial of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou kicks off on January 20. Canada's relationship with China — and with the United States — could hang in the balance.
Trump called Canada's Trudeau "two faced" and said he's "not very happy" the president "called him out" for not paying 2% of GDP on defense.
U.S. stock futures turned around from early morning declines and were pointing to a strong Wall Street open Wednesday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said a little more work needed to be done on a new continental trade deal which has run into opposition from some U.S. Democrats over labor and environmental provisions.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election on Monday but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party.