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2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Lithuania, and our ties have never been stronger. Canada did not recognize the Soviet annexation of the Baltic States and was one of the first countries to recognize the restoration of Lithuania's independence. Lithuania is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. Lithuania also has Honorary Consulates in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal. Canada is represented in Lithuania by an ambassador in Vilnius.
Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Lithuania totalled $581.3 million at the end of 2022. In the same year, Canadian merchandise exports to Lithuania reached $169.2 million. Canadian merchandise imports from Lithuania reached $412.2 million in 2022.
In 2022, Canadian direct investment abroad in Lithuania was valued at $9 million. That same year, foreign direct investment from Lithuania in Canada was valued at $2 million.
Canada was one of the first countries to ratify Lithuania's accession to NATO in 2004, and Canada and Lithuania continue to enjoy positive and constructive defence relations, mainly through the NATO framework.
Canada’s engagement in the Baltic region has been increasing in line with NATO’s strengthened assurance and deterrence measures in the region. The most visible element of this defence posture is the establishment of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Central and Eastern Europe, made up of multinational NATO battlegroups deployed in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Poland. Canada has taken a leading role as eFP Framework Nation in Latvia, and has deployed Canadian troops into the battlegroup under Operation REASSURANCE. Canada also contributes Canadian Armed Forces personnel to the NATO Force Integration Unit in Lithuania. Canada contributed $1 million to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence based in Vilnius, Lithuania to help improve energy efficiency in the operational environment and reduce dependency on energy supply chains.
Partnerships and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Lithuania work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
- European Union
- La Francophonie
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- 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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