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Canada-Aruba relations

Bilateral relations

Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is responsible for the conduct of Aruba’s foreign affairs, including with Canada.

Tourism is the most important sector in the Aruban economy. In 2017, approximately 47,000 Canadians visited Aruba, making Canada the second largest tourist market (in terms of arrivals) for the island. In 2018, 1,565 tourists from Aruba visited Canada. Direct flights between Canada and Aruba operate year-round.

Education ties between the two countries continue to expand. The Aruban Ministry of Education has signed Memoranda of Understanding with seven Canadian universities and colleges:  Bishop’s University, Brescia University, Carleton University, Humber College, Niagara College, Centennial College of Canada, Seneca College, and Brescia University College.

Canada and Aruba maintain a Tax Information Exchange Agreement and Air Transport Agreement. The Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters is also applicable to Aruba. 

Canada is represented in Aruba by the Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in The Hague. Aruba is represented in Canada by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ottawa and its Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver. Practical matters, such as consular assistance to Canadians in Aruba and Canada-Aruba trade and investment files, are covered by the Embassy of Canada in Bogota, Colombia. Canada’s Honorary Consul in Curaçao also represents Canadian consular interests in Aruba.

Trade relations

Merchandise trade between Canada and Aruba totalled $12.9 million in 2018. Merchandise exports to Aruba amounted to $12.7 million and included furniture, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and other food products. Also in 2018, Canada imported $174 thousand worth of merchandise from Aruba, mostly cosmetic products and perfumes. A limited number of Canadian companies have been active in the clean technology, agriculture and construction sectors in Aruba.

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Through Operation CARIBBE, Canada cooperates with Aruba in the multinational anti-drug campaign Operation Martillo, which targets illicit trafficking routes in the Caribbean. Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP also maintain a working relationship with their Aruban counterparts. Through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program, Canada supports INTERPOL’s cybercrime capacity building efforts in the Caribbean, including Aruba.

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