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Canada-Kiribati relations

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Bilateral relations

In Kiribati, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand.

Kiribati does not have an official representative accredited to Canada. Citizens of Kiribati require a visa to enter Canada.

Canada enjoys pleasant bilateral relations with Kiribati, formerly called the Gilbert Islands. Canada and Kiribati share memberships in international organizations, such as the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Health Organization.

Canada and Kiribati share interests with respect to fisheries management, and both are parties to the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement. Canada is also a dialogue partner of the Pacific Islands Forum, to which Kiribati belongs.

Trade relations

Canada’s limited trade relations with Kiribati are managed by the Trade Commissioner Service, New Zealand.


Through development assistance, Canada supports small and community-focused projects in Kiribati through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. Canada has contributed over $800,000 to organizations in Kiribati since 2012. CFLI has supported projects that addressed issues related to children and youth, sexual violence, gender equality, and sustainable economic growth.

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Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Kiribati work closely in multilateral fora, such as:

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