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Canada-Bolivia relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Bolivia celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations in 2021. The Embassy of Canada to Peru is cross-accredited to Bolivia. Canada also has an Embassy (Program office) in La Paz, which mainly focuses on international assistance and Consular assistance. Both work to expand and strengthen cooperation in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, Indigenous issues, climate action, responsible resource management, commercial relations, educational exchanges and people-to-people ties. Bolivia is represented in Canada by the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Ottawa and maintains Consulates General in Montreal and Quebec City.

Trade relations

In 2022, bilateral trade between Canada and Bolivia totaled $351 million. Canadian exports totaled $22 million, mainly in machinery, automotive products, and vegetables. Canadian imports totaled $329 million, mainly in precious stones and metals, mineral ores, tin products, and cereals.

Sectors that the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has identified as priorities – that is, where Canadian capabilities and interest match local opportunities and demand – are extractives and education.

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Canada's development assistance is a key component of the bilateral relationship. It totaled $23.7 million in 2020-21, delivered through Global Affairs Canada’s multiple programs, and is aligned with Bolivia’s national plan for social and economic development.

Canada's Geographic Program is focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially of adolescent and Indigenous girls, and inclusive green economic growth, including transitioning to climate smart agriculture benefitting primarily Indigenous communities, and supporting women entrepreneurs.

Canada also provides international assistance to Bolivia through the Inter-American Program, which addresses regional, multi-country or transboundary issues. This Program assists Bolivia in its efforts to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services and to strengthen its health system, as well as in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. In addition, the Program works with Bolivia to improve access to civil justice and to implement electoral technical cooperation initiatives.

Global Affairs Canada’ Partnership for Development Innovation Branch supports Canadian NGOs, professional volunteers, and youth interns who are particularly active in Bolivia. They share expertise, exchange knowledge, and learn from Bolivians, thereby building strong bridges between the Bolivian and Canadian societies every year.

The International Development Research Center is also very active in Bolivia and supports several research initiatives in the  development sphere.

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Partnerships and organizations

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

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