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Canada-Albania relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Albania have enjoyed positive diplomatic ties since 1987. The Canada-Albania relationship centres on modest Canadian commercial investment in Albania and a partnership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Canada appreciates Albania’s role in contributing to political stability in Southeast Europe, and supports Albania’s EU accession aspirations.

Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Canada supports projects in Albania to promote Canadian priorities relating to the rule of law, good governance, diversity, disabilities and women’s economic empowerment.

Canada’s Embassy to Italy is accredited to Albania, while an honorary consulate in Tirana assists with Canadian interests in Albania. Immigration and visa applications by Albanians are processed by the office of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at the Canadian embassy in Rome. Albania is represented in Canada by its embassy in Ottawa.

According to the 2021 Canadian census, there were 41,625 people living in Canada of Albanian ancestry, although some Albanian websites estimate that there are over 100,000 ethnic Albanians living in Canada.

Trade relations

Canada’s bilateral merchandise trade with Albania amounted to $72.8 million in 2022. Canadian merchandise exports to Albania in 2022 were valued at $50.8 million and consisted mainly of vehicles and parts, fish and seafood, machinery and equipment, meat, and scientific and precision instruments. Canadian merchandise imports from Albania were valued at $22.1 million in 2022 and mainly included knitted apparel, iron and steel, and aluminum and related products.

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Defence relations and cooperation

Canada maintains positive defence relations with Albania. As of April 2021, Albania began contributing to NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, deploying 21 personnel to the Canada-led Battle Group in Latvia. Canada has provided assistance to Albania through an anti-personnel mine destruction program, and has contributed expertise and training to help the Albanian military destroy roughly 10,000 tonnes of small arms and light-weapons ammunition.

Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Albania work closely in multilateral fora, such as:

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