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Canada-Antigua and Barbuda relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Antigua and Barbuda have had bilateral relations since 1981, when Antigua and Barbuda gained independence. The relationship is based on development and security cooperation, collaboration in multilateral organizations, and strong people-to-people ties, including through tourism.

Canada is represented in Antigua and Barbuda by the High Commission of Canada in Barbados, which opened in 1967. Antigua and Barbuda is represented by a non-resident High Commissioner, based in Washington, D.C., and a consulate in Toronto.

Trade relations

In 2020, Canada’s merchandise exports to Antigua and Barbuda totaled $9.8 million and merchandise imports from Antigua and Barbuda totaled $144,600. Canada’s main exports to Antigua and Barbuda included consumer goods; electronic and electrical equipment and parts; industrial machinery, equipment and parts and non-metallic mineral products; whereas Canada’s main imports consisted of consumer goods; metal and non-metallic mineral products; energy products and electronic and electrical equipment and parts. There are further opportunities in the infrastructure, clean technology and agriculture sectors.

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Development

Canada’s development program is focused on mutual priorities, such as climate and economic resilience, sustainable and inclusive governance, and advancing of gender equality.

Following the devastating 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean, Canada announced the $100 million Pledge for Caribbean Reconstruction and Economic and Climate Resilience to support Antigua and Barbuda and the region in reconstruction and climate resilience. This included strengthening natural disaster planning and response through organizations such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Canada has also supported the reconstruction of community facilities in Barbuda through the Caribbean Development Bank.

At the CARICOM Intersessional Meeting in February 2020, Canada announced an additional $61.5 million in new commitments for resilience, technical assistance and education exchanges for the Caribbean. This includes, for example, the Canada-CARICOM Expert Deployment Mechanism, which provides technical assistance to CARICOM governments, including Antigua and Barbuda, to help diversify and strengthen the economy, build climate resilient communities, and reduce gender and economic inequalities. Canada has also provided disaster risk insurance coverage for Antigua and Barbuda over the 2019 to 2022 period. Canada’s support further extends to regional engagements to strengthen national statistics for policy making, public financial management, access to justice, private sector development, and building the capacity of local women’s rights organizations.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Canada redirected programming to respond to Antigua and Barbuda and Caribbean needs, including to address gender-based violence, income support and essential services, training and technical assistance for health professionals, as well as supplies and protective equipment.

Antigua and Barbuda also benefits from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, and Canada’s support through non-governmental. Antigua and Barbuda and Canada also collaborate closely in key regional and multilateral fora and institutions, such as the Caribbean Development Bank.

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Security

Canada and Antigua and Barbuda enjoy strong collaboration in defense and security.  We collaborate through Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program to combat drug trade, cybercrime and other crimes. Canada also supports the Barbados-based Regional Security System, which provides security assistance on request to Member States, including in Antigua and Barbuda. 

Antigua and Barbuda is a member of Canada’s Military Training and Cooperation Program, and both countries’ law enforcement agencies participate in TRADEWINDS, a multinational land and maritime training exercise.

Partnerships and organizations

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

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