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Canada-Armenia relations

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Bilateral relations

Diplomatic relations between Canada and the Republic of Armenia were formally established in 1992. Canada is represented in Armenia through the Embassy in Moscow. Armenia is represented in Canada through its embassy in Ottawa.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Armenia benefit from close people-to-people ties, high-level exchanges and collaboration in international organizations, such as La Francophonie. Canada is host to a vibrant and engaged Armenian community of over 60,000. Canada and Armenia regularly work together in multilateral forums, including the United Nations. The Armenian genocide was recognized by the Government of Canada in 2006, following resolutions in Canada’s parliament in 2002 and 2004.

In June 2021, it was announced that Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe and Ambassador to Germany, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, would undertake a mission to explore options for Canada to better support Armenian democracy. This mission aimed to consolidate durably Armenian democracy by collaborating closely with the Armenian government, its representatives and its institutions, by working to mobilize the Armenian civil society, to reinforce its institutions, to grow Armenia's engagement with multilateral institutions, and to promote inclusive economic growth. The report was released in June 2022.

Trade relations

Total bilateral trade in 2020 was $25.2 million (Canadian exports: $8.6 million; imports: $16.6 million). Canadian exports were mostly comprised of food products, machinery and equipment, and chemical products. Imports mainly consisted of precious metals and stones and textile products.

Canada-Armenia bilateral trade arrangements include an agreement on trade and commerce (1999), a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (1999) and a double taxation avoidance agreement (2005). In March 2017, an industry-to-industry memorandum of understanding was signed in the agricultural sector between the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association, Canada Pork International, the Canadian Swine Breeders Association, the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association and Armenia’s Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development Foundation.

Canada and Armenia are working to foster expanded commercial and economic ties in sectors of mutual interest, such as education, cleantech and ICT.

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Partnerships and organizations

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

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