Jordan is a key partner for Canada in the Middle East, as demonstrated by our significant international assistance to Jordan and our mutual interest in diplomacy. Aside from promoting regional and international stability, mainly through the support and advocacy of sustainable solutions to the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, our shared interests include:
- Combatting all forms of terrorism;
- Refugee protection and humanitarian support;
- Free trade and commercial opportunities;
- Inclusive education, accountable governance and sustainable economic growth and;
- Women’s economic empowerment.
Canada and Jordan also share strong people-to-people links through a Jordanian-Canadian community in Canada, Jordanian students studying in Canada, and Canadians living and working in Jordan. Canada is represented in Jordan by its embassy in Amman and increased its diplomatic presence there in response to the crisis in Syria. Jordan is represented in Canada by its embassy in Ottawa.
Since 2016, Canada has contributed over $574 million to support Jordan’s stability and resilience as it manages the effects of the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Jordan is currently hosting over 1.3 million Syrian refugees that have been added to the country’s already existing refugee population, which also includes Palestinians, Iraqis and Kurds.
On March 19, 2019, Canada confirmed its commitment to renew its Middle East engagement Strategy. A further investment of $1.39 billion will be made over two years (2019-21), with a greater focus on building stability, governance and long-term resilience in the region, including Jordan.
Jordan is the first Arab country with which Canada has signed a Free Trade Agreement. Bilateral trade in 2019 was $229 million.
- Canada’s top merchandise exports to Jordan were used and armoured vehicles; Scientific instruments; and agri-food products.
Jordan’s main exports to Canada are apparel, agricultural products, and chemical products.
As of December 2019, there were 1445 valid Canadian study permits issued to Jordanian students.
Trade and investment agreements
Trade and investment agreements involving Canada and Jordan:
- Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement
- Canada-Jordan Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement
- 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)
For more information, consult trade and investment agreements.
Under Canada’s Middle East Engagement Strategy, Canada is supporting Jordan’s efforts to build the resilience of individuals, communities and institutions through better access to quality education, sustainable and inclusive economic growth (with a focus on economic reform and the empowerment of women and youth), and inclusive governance, including municipal services. This support recognizes that in a refugee hosting situation, compounded by economic challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, stability can be enhanced through strengthened education, employment and other opportunities for refuges and host communities. For more information, see Canada’s Middle East Engagement Strategy.
Security and Stabilization
Canada is committed to supporting Jordan’s capacity to provide internal security and defend its borders. Canada and Jordan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation in the spring of 2012 and the Jordanian Armed Forces benefit from the close relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces. In addition, MoUs on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction and related materials, and on increasing security and stabilization cooperation were signed in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Partners and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Jordan work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
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