Partnerships and Enlargement


Canada greatly values NATO’s network of partnerships. To be an effective political-military Alliance, fit to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, NATO must pursue cooperation with other partners. In this context, extending regional security through cooperative partnerships continues to be crucial.

NATO’s partnerships:

Visit the NATO web site to learn more about NATO partnerships.


Under Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty, NATO’s door remains open to any European country in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to security in the North Atlantic area. Four countries are currently seeking to join NATO: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia and Montenegro. 

Canada strongly supports NATO’s Open Door policy, and looks forward to fulfilling the commitments made to aspirant countries and welcoming new members to the Alliance. 

The most recent Allies to join NATO were Albania and Croatia, which formally became NATO members on 1 April 2009.

Visit the NATO web site to learn more.