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Canada-Grenada relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Grenada have enjoyed a longstanding and collaborative relationship since 1974, when Grenada gained independence. Our rich cooperation is built on our shared priorities, development, climate action, security and multilateral collaboration. Strong people-to-people ties solidify our relationship, including tourism and educational exchanges.

Canada is represented in Grenada by the High Commission of Canada in Barbados. Grenada maintains consulates in Toronto and Montreal. 

Trade relations

Canadian trade with Grenada has grown substantially in recent years, totaling $9.3M in 2020. That year, total merchandise exports to Grenada stood at $7.7M and merchandise imports from Grenada totaled $1.6M.

Grenada’s production of nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, serve as a significant portion of its exports. Canada’s main exports to Grenada include transport equipment and food products, whereas Canada’s main imports consisted of food and pharmaceutical products. Canadian companies work with Grenada in a smart water meter project with the National Water and Sewerage Authority, and for the expansion of the cargo port and ferry transportation. Other areas of cooperation are in clean technology, food and agriculture, education and renewable energy.

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Development

During the COVID-19 crisis, Canada redirected programming to respond to Grenadian and Caribbean needs, including to address gender-based violence, income support and essential services, training and technical assistance for health professionals, as well as supplies and protective equipment.

Canada’s development program is focused on mutual priorities, such as climate and economic resilience, sustainable and inclusive governance, and advancing of gender equality.

Following the devastating 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean, Canada announced the $100 million Pledge for Caribbean Reconstruction and Economic and Climate Resilience to support Grenada and the region in reconstruction and climate resilience. This included strengthening natural disaster planning and response through organizations such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Under the pledge, Canada has also supported Grenada’s national disaster management office, including help to retrofitting emergency shelters to make them accessible to people with disabilities.  

At the CARICOM Intersessional Meeting in February 2020, Canada announced an additional $61.5 million in new commitments for resilience, technical assistance and education exchanges for the Caribbean. This includes, for example, the Canada-CARICOM Expert Deployment Mechanism, which provides technical assistance to CARICOM governments, including Grenada, to help diversify and strengthen the economy, build climate resilient communities, and reduce gender and economic inequalities. Canada has also provided disaster risk insurance coverage for Grenada over the 2019-2022 period, and is working with Grenada to develop gender-sensitive climate change adaptation plans and mitigation actions. Another collaborative initiative is bringing Canadian and Grenadian institutions of higher education together for technical and vocational training in coastal and fisheries management.

Canada’s cooperation further extends to regional engagements to strengthen national statistics for policy making, public financial management, access to justice, private sector development, and building the capacity of local women’s rights organizations.

Grenada benefits from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, and Canada’s support through non-governmental organizations. Grenada and Canada collaborate closely in key regional and multilateral fora and institutions, such as the Caribbean Development Bank.

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Operations

Security

Canada is actively engaged with regional and multilateral organizations to enhance security in Grenada and the region. For example, both our countries collaborate within the Organization of American States (OAS) to implement integrated safety and security plans to protect vulnerable public targets. Canada also supports the Barbados-based Regional Security System, which provides assistance to Member States on request, including Grenada. In 2019, the Canadian Armed Forces deployed personnel to Grenada and other countries in Latin American and the Caribbean, to participate in a humanitarian assistance mission with the United States Naval Ship (USNS) COMFORT, a Mercy-Class hospital ship.

Partnerships and organizations

Grenada is an active member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). As such, Grenada advocated for economic and climate resilience as a founding member of the Climate Smart Accelerator that provides small island development states (SIDS) with a collective institutional mechanism to help SIDS transform their energy sectors and address climate change. 

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

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