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Canada-Egypt relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Egypt enjoy established and multi-faceted ties founded on over 65 years of diplomatic relations. In addition to maintaining strong development cooperation, growing trade ties, and vibrant people-to-people links, Canada works with Egypt to advance issues of mutual interest, including promoting peace, stability, and security in the Middle East and Africa regions.

Canadian engagement in Egypt

Key issues in Canada’s relationship with Egypt include: 

Canada is an important destination for Egyptian immigrants, and there are approximately 100,000 people of Egyptian origin in Canada, forming vibrant communities across the country. The Canadian diaspora in Egypt, estimated at approximately 25,000 people, further illustrates the strong ties that bind Canada and Egypt together.

Trade relations

Two-way trade between Canada and Egypt has been growing in recent years and in 2021 totalled $1.91 billion. Canadian exports to Egypt were $627 million in 2021 and top Canadian merchandise exports to Egypt were iron, oil seeds and aircraft parts. Gold remains Canada's top import from Egypt, making up nearly 90% of the total in recent years. Other significant imports include textiles and clothing.

Education is a major component of Canada-Egypt bilateral relations. Based in Egypt's New Administrative Capital, the Universities of Canada in Egypt was inaugurated in September 2018 and hosts local branches of Canadian universities.

Canadian firms have sizeable investments in Egypt in the petrochemicals and the oil and gas sectors.

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Canada supports development projects in Egypt by partnering with Canadian, local and international organizations. Canada’s development assistance in Egypt focuses on two Feminist International Assistance Policy action areas:

Partnerships and organizations

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

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