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Canada-Taiwan fact sheet

Official Title:

General Information

Capital: Taipei
Population (million): 23.62
Total Area: 36,006km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 23.29 Taiwan $ (TWD) (2020- Annual average)
National Holiday: N/A
Language(s): Mandarin, Taiwanese (or Minnan dialect), Hakka, Aboriginal languages

Political Information

Type of State:
Presidential Republic

Type of Government:
Presidential Republic. NB: Under Canada’s One China policy, Canada does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state and therefore does not maintain official relations with Taiwan. Unicameral Legislature: Legislative Yuan.

Head of State:
President TSAI Ing-wen

Head of Government:
Premier SU Tseng-chang

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: WU Jaushieh (Joseph WU)
Economic Affairs: WANG Mei-hua

Main Political Parties:
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Kuomintang (Nationalist Party of China or KMT), New Power Party (NPP), People First Party (PFP)

Elections:
Last: January 2020 (Presidential/Legislative)

Economic Information (2020)

Comparative figures
Type Taiwan Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 879.62 2,162.38
GDP per capita: ($) 37,244.63 56,945.03
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.11 -5.4
Inflation: (%) -0.17 0.72
Unemployment: (%) 3.9 9.6

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $1,781,106,329
Canadian imports from country: $5,632,208,659
FDI in Canada: $256 million
CDI in the country: $557 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Representative CHEN Wen-yi (Winston CHEN)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Executive Director Jordan Reeves

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 - Taiwan
Year Exports Imports
2016 $1,585,327,308 $5,077,745,872
2017 $1,693,914,806 $5,441,937,768
2018 $1,996,346,856 $5,879,879,832
2019 $2,039,482,470 $5,957,408,686
2020 $1,781,106,329 $5,632,208,659
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Taiwan
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $133,310,242 $24,333,262
02 Veg. Prod. $78,089,773 $36,508,336
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $10,493,919 $3,225,339
04 Food Prod. $67,988,206 $93,635,270
05 Mineral Prod. $447,192,803 $14,346,204
06 Chemical Prod. $119,145,185 $112,433,743
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $16,159,350 $376,965,341
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $3,488,525 $11,710,337
09 Wood Prod. $77,098,787 $3,890,171
10 Paper Prod. $88,701,277 $23,508,577
11 Textiles Prod. $13,478,368 $108,836,522
12 Dress Access. $995,226 $19,262,076
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $964,214 $36,976,392
14 Precious Metals/stones $904,031 $50,362,162
15 Base Metal Prod. $192,112,562 $1,002,686,477
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $110,970,747 $2,671,332,628
17 Vehicles and Equip. $325,504,433 $514,828,917
18 Specialized Inst. $67,882,139 $191,270,121
19 Arms & Ammunition $55,858 $13,905,542
20 Misc. Articles $5,052,749 $313,933,961
21 Antiques $1,493,314 $859,735


May 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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