Diplomatic relations between Canada and Barbados were established on November 30, 1966, immediately upon Barbados becoming an independent country. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service established an office in Barbados 100 years ago in 1907. This longstanding connection explains in part why Canadian financial institutions, including The Bank of Nova Scotia, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada, have long had a prominent presence in Barbados.
Barbados participates in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, an organized labour mobility program, which allows for the entry of foreign workers to meet the temporary seasonal needs of Canadian agricultural producers.
Canada is represented in Barbados by the High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown, which opened in 1967.
Barbados is represented in Canada by the High Commission of Barbados in Ottawa. Barbados also has Consulates in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
In terms of Canada's trade relationship with Barbados, bilateral merchandise trade was $51.1 million in 2018. Merchandise exports to Barbados totalled $37 million and included:
- other food products
Merchandise imports from Barbados totalled $14.1 million and included:
- animal products
Trade and investment agreements
Trade and investment agreements involving Canada and Barbados:
- Canada-Barbados Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement
- Canada-Caribbean Community Trade Agreement Negotiations
- World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA)
- Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
- Agreement on Trade-related Investment Measures (TRIMS)
- General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT)
- General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
For more information, consult trade and investment agreements.
Canada enjoys a strong cooperative relationship with Barbados in matters of state security, narco-trafficking, and defence. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Security Agency and the Department of National Defense Canada have provided technical assistance to Barbados, and Canada continues to work in partnership with the Regional Security System.
Partners and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Barbados work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- Organization of American States (OAS)
- United Nations (UN)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
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