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Canada-Dominican Republic relations

Bilateral relations

The Dominican Republic is an important partner for Canada in the Caribbean, sharing a commitment to democracy and free markets. Canada has significant commercial interests in the country, mostly in the mining, financial and manufacturing sectors, and is the most active foreign investor in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic remains the second most popular destination in the Caribbean for Canadians and the seventh most popular destination worldwide.

Political relations

Diplomatic relations between Canada and the Dominican Republic were established in 1954. The two countries have a good relationship, enabling them to work together in areas such as security and governance.

Our countries are members of several continental and international organizations and actively participate in multilateral forums such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

From a cultural standpoint, the two countries are members of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Canada as a full-fledged member, and the Dominican Republic as an observer.

Education

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) offers short-term scholarships to students from Latin America and the Caribbean (including the Dominican Republic) to study in Canada. As of December 31, 2019, there were 415 Dominican students in Canada on study permits of 6 months or more, with the majority studying at the college level in Ontario. Since the launch of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) program in 2009, 199 Dominican students have been granted scholarships for study and research in Canada.

Trade relations

Canada’s two-way merchandise trade with the Dominican Republic was $528.7 million in 2021. Canadian merchandise exports to the Dominican Republic were valued at $285.8 million in 2021, while imports were valued at $252.9 million. Canada's foreign direct investment in the Dominican Republic is significant, particularly in the areas of mining, finance and manufacturing.

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Development

Canada does not have a development assistance program in the Dominican Republic, but provides assistance and support through multilateral programs and through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, which is directly managed by the Embassy of Canada in Santo Domingo.

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