Canada and Ireland enjoy positive bilateral relations founded on family, cultural and strong people-to-people ties, shared democratic political traditions, and a mutually beneficial commercial relationship. Irish immigrants in Canada have made significant contributions to Canadian diversity. More than 4.4 million Canadians (or 14% of the population) claim some Irish ancestry, making Irish the fourth-largest ethnic group in Canada.
Canada is represented in Ireland by an embassy in Dublin. In Canada, Ireland is represented by an embassy in Ottawa.
The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (2017) will provide further opportunities to build an even stronger bilateral economic relationship. Canada and Ireland are parties to several bilateral treaties, including the Agreement on Social Security (1992) and Blue Skies Air Agreement (2006). Bilateral trade between Canada and Ireland totalled $3.697 billion in 2018 with Canadian exports of $728 million and imports of $2.969 billion.
Trade and investment agreements
Trade and investment agreements involving Canada and Ireland:
- Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
- World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA)
- Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
- Agreement on Trade-related Investment Measures (TRIMS)
- General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT)
- General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
- World Trade Organization Information Technology Agreement (ITA)
- World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)
For more information, consult trade and investment agreements.
Partners and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Ireland work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
- European Union
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN)
- Open Government Partnership (OGP)
- Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
- United Nations (UN)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
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