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Canada-Portugal relations

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Bilateral relations

Diplomatic relations between Canada and Portugal were established in 1952 but there is a long history of interactions extending back to the early days of the Portuguese voyages of discovery in the 1500s. People-to-people links have grown stronger over time and today, these ties between Canada and Portugal are underpinned by a vibrant Canadian community of Portuguese origin estimated at more than 480,000 people. In Portugal, Canada is represented at an embassy in Lisbon. Portugal maintains an embassy in Ottawa.

Trade relations

The provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which Portugal ratified in January 2018, generates new economic opportunities for both countries.

In 2023, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Portugal totalled $3.7 billion. Aircraft and parts, cereals, and nuclear reactors rank among the top 3 products Canada exported to Portugal in 2023.

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Partnerships and organizations

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

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