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Canada-Greece relations

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Bilateral relationship

Canada and the Hellenic Republic, (Greece’s official name) have shared diplomatic relations for over 75 years.  Canada-Greece bilateral relations are friendly and active. Greece and Canada also share many international interests and objectives. Canada maintains an Embassy in Athens while Greece is represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa.

Greek-Canadian Community

An estimated 243,000 Canadians claim Greek descent. In 2018, 345,800 Canadians visited Greece, whereas 12,948 visited Canada. In 1996, the business community in Athens established the Canadian-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. The Hellenic Canadian Friendship Association - Friends of Canada is an informal network for Canadians residing in Greece. 

Education cooperation

A Memorandum of Understanding in Education Cooperation, signed in July 1998, provided the initial foundations for cooperative arrangements between Canadian and Greek universities. Chairs and Centres of Hellenic Studies have been established at Canadian universities, notably:

The first Canadian Studies Centre in Greece was established in 2002 at the University of Athens.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Canada-Greece bilateral relations in 2013, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) established scholarship programs for Greek students at the universities of Ottawa, McGill, York and Université de Montréal. SNF scholarships are also available at other universities.

Partnerships also exist between Canadian universities and Greek education institutions for study abroad programs, notably:

The Canadian Institute in Greece was established in 1976 as a foreign archaeological institute responsible on overseeing all aspects of Canadian archaeological fieldwork projects in Greece. The Canadian Institute also organizes a diverse lecture series, thematic seminars and hosts cultural events.

Trade relationship

Canada and Greece have enjoyed good trade relations for many years. In 2018, bilateral trade in goods with Greece was $384.9 million. Canadian exports were valued at over $114.5 million, while imports increased to nearly $270.5 million. In 2017, services exports to Greece were $326 million, while imports were close to $1.2 billion. Canada’s main exports to Greece are:

  • vegetables
  • furs
  • oil seeds
  • machinery
  • paper and paperboard

The main products Canada imports from Greece are:

  • food products
    • prepared vegetables
    • olive oil
    • preserved food
    • seafood products
    • cheese
    • alcoholic beverages
  • fats and oils
  • chemical products
  • clays

Trade and investment agreements

Trade and investment agreements involving Canada and Greece:

For more information, consult trade and investment agreements.

 

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