Canada’s bilateral relations with Hungary, a NATO ally and member of the European Union, have a strong historical foundation. Canada resettled nearly 38,000 Hungarian refugees who fled the Soviet invasion of their country following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. In 2010, Canada designated the arrival of these refugees as a National Historic Event, largely for the way in which it helped to shape Canadian immigration policy. There are about 350,000 Canadians of at least partial Hungarian descent.
The Embassy of Canada to Hungary, in Budapest, represents Canada in Hungary. Hungary is represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa and consulate generals in Toronto and Montreal.
Canada and Hungary enjoy mutually beneficial commercial relations, including through trade, investment, and cooperation on innovation, science and technology. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement provides further opportunities to build a stronger bilateral economic relationship. In 2020, two-way trade between Canada and Hungary reached $910.7 million. Canadian exports to Hungary were $63.3 million and imports from Hungary were $847.4 million.
Partnerships and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Hungary work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
- European Union (EU)
- La Francophonie
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
- The Pacific Alliance
- United Nations (UN)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
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