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Canada-Ireland relations

Bilateral relations

Canada and Ireland have a close relationship based on historic and people-to-people links and common fundamental values that underpin cooperation on regional and global issues. In 2019, Canada and Ireland celebrated 80 years of diplomatic relations. In March 2021, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously agreed to the motion to make March the Irish Heritage Month, recognizing the important contributions that Irish-Canadians have made to building Canada, and to Canadian society in general.

Over 4.6 million Canadians (or over 14% of the population) claim some Irish ancestry, making Irish the fourth-largest ethnic group in Canada.

Ireland is one of Canada’s most like-minded partners in the European Union. Canada and Ireland share values and common priorities, including support for gender equality and human rights. We also cooperate closely on environment protection and climate action.

Canada is represented in Ireland by an embassy in Dublin. In Canada, Ireland is represented by an embassy in Ottawa and a consulate in Vancouver.

Trade relations

Canada and Ireland enjoy a strong commercial relationship that includes significant trade flows, and extensive two-way investment.

Canada-Ireland merchandise trade averaged $3.6 billion annually since the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) came into effect, up 59.2% compared to pre-CETA (2016).

Bilateral goods trade between Canada and Ireland totalled $3.9 billion in 2020 with Canadian exports of $672.3 million and imports of $3.2 billion. Canada’s exports to Ireland were led by industrial machinery, equipment, and parts, accounting for 26% of exports. Canada’s imports were led by consumer goods, accounting for 71.2% of imports from Ireland. In terms of services trade, Canada exported $1.6 billion in services to Ireland in 2019, and imported $3.1 billion of services from Ireland in 2019.

Canada and Ireland are parties to several bilateral treaties, including the Agreement on Social Security (1992), the Canada-Ireland Income Tax Convention (2005), and the Audiovisual Co-Production Treaty (2016).

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