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Canada-Jordan relations

Canada’s areas of action

Bilateral relationship

Jordan is a valued partner for Canada. Our shared interests include:

  • promoting regional and international stability
  • combatting all forms of terrorism
  • refugee protection and humanitarian support
  • free trade and commercial opportunities
  • inclusive education, accountable governance and sustainable economic growth
  • 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. In Jordan, Canada is represented by an embassy in Amman. In Canada, Jordan maintains an embassy in Ottawa.

Trade relationship

Trade between Canada and Jordan is modest. The Canada-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, which came into force in 2012, is Canada’s first free trade agreement with an Arab country. In 2018, Canadian exports to Jordan were valued at $70.2 million and imports from Jordan were valued at $109 million. Canada’s top merchandise exports to Jordan were:

  • vehicles
  • Pulses
  • electric machinery
  • wood
  • scientific instruments
  • paper

Canada’s main merchandise import from Jordan was knitted or woven apparel.

Canada’s commercial priorities for Jordan include renewable energy, agri-food and pharmaceutical sectors. Education is another important sector: at the end of 2018, there were 1,045 valid Canadian study permits issued to Jordanian students, an increase of 37% from 2017.

Trade and investment agreements

Trade and investment agreements involving Canada and Jordan:

For more information, consult trade and investment agreements.

Development relationship

Canada’s international humanitarian assistance program in Jordan focuses on helping those most affected by the crises in Syria and Iraq, particularly the nearly 660,000 registered Syrian refugees living in Jordan and the communities that host them.

Canada’s international development assistance program supports inclusive education, accountable governance, and sustainable economic growth, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment.

Another priority for Canada is ‎promoting security and stability through technical and non-lethal support to security forces and law enforcement bodies to enhance Jordan’s ability to prevent, detect and respond to national and regional security threats.

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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