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Canada-Taiwan fact sheet

Official Title:

General Information

Capital: Taipei
Population (million): 23.56
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) 894.45 2,200.85
GDP per capita: ($) 37,962.91 57,958.23
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.12 -5.31
Inflation: (%) -0.18 0.72
Unemployment: (%) 3.85 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. $133,424,802 $24,334,185
02 Veg. Prod. $78,306,353 $36,522,026
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $10,493,919 $3,225,339
04 Food Prod. $68,130,804 $93,667,218
05 Mineral Prod. $448,526,533 $14,382,375
06 Chemical Prod. $119,207,193 $112,474,457
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $16,208,805 $377,025,877
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $3,488,525 $11,661,161
09 Wood Prod. $77,029,624 $3,889,898
10 Paper Prod. $88,783,939 $23,523,975
11 Textiles Prod. $13,478,368 $109,320,295
12 Dress Access. $995,226 $18,497,946
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $965,824 $36,991,063
14 Precious Metals/stones $904,031 $50,362,162
15 Base Metal Prod. $192,112,562 $1,001,960,844
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $110,970,747 $2,670,309,476
17 Vehicles and Equip. $325,703,203 $517,260,896
18 Specialized Inst. $67,883,276 $191,503,173
19 Arms & Ammunition $55,858 $13,905,542
20 Misc. Articles $5,057,486 $314,155,619
21 Antiques $1,493,314 $859,735


October 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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