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Canada-Israel fact sheet

Official Title:
State of Israel

General Information

Capital: See Type of Government*
Population (million): 9.05
Total Area: 20,325km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 2.69 New Shekel (ILS) (2020- Annual average)
National Holiday: Independence Day, the 5th of Iyar (April 29, 2020)
Language(s): Hebrew, Arabic

Political Information

Type of State:
Parliamentary republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral Knesset or Parliament (120 seat, members elected by proportional representation to serve four-year terms). * While Israel designates Jerusalem as its capital, Canada believes that the final status of the city needs to be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians. At present, Canada maintains its Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Head of State:
President Reuven Rivlin

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Gabi Ashkenazi
Finance: Yisrael Katz
Economy and Industry : Amir Peretz

Main Political Parties:
Likud (36), Yesh Atid - Telem (16), Blue and White (15), Joint List (15), Shas (9), Yisrael Beiteinu (7), United Torah Judaism (7), Yamina (5), Labor (3), Meretz (3), Derekh-Eretz (2), Gesher (1), The Jewish Home (1),

Elections:

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Israel Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 510.15 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 56,346.46 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.5 1.64
Inflation: (%) 0.84 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 3.8 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $358,589,083
Canadian imports from country: $1,251,562,738
FDI in Canada (2019): $330 million
CDI in the country (2019): $(382) million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Vacant

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Vacant

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Israel
Year Exports Imports
2016 $423,107,668 $1,293,595,976
2017 $450,518,697 $1,287,023,325
2018 $504,809,474 $1,396,739,538
2019 $358,964,829 $1,321,138,342
2020 $358,589,083 $1,251,562,738
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Israel
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $4,171,496 $796,581
02 Veg. Prod. $74,284,226 $54,430,529
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $105,432 $3,709,222
04 Food Prod. $27,448,472 $22,789,658
05 Mineral Prod. $516,138 $5,770,206
06 Chemical Prod. $48,099,425 $269,397,226
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $5,252,361 $117,165,601
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $89,653 $174,119
09 Wood Prod. $916,801 $254,492
10 Paper Prod. $13,290,514 $5,737,559
11 Textiles Prod. $1,781,658 $35,663,331
12 Dress Access. $219,429 $2,748,166
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $766,907 $34,022,445
14 Precious Metals/stones $6,984,239 $57,010,601
15 Base Metal Prod. $7,291,580 $53,141,846
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $85,695,519 $311,234,109
17 Vehicles and Equip. $40,840,608 $48,301,956
18 Specialized Inst. $28,754,090 $175,912,843
19 Arms & Ammunition $965,727 $4,074,069
20 Misc. Articles $4,670,626 $33,930,362
21 Antiques $91,686 $399,490


February 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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