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Canada-Saint Lucia relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Saint Lucia have enjoyed longstanding diplomatic relations since 1979, when Saint Lucia gained independence. Our relationship is based on multilateral cooperation, shared values of democracy, rule of law, and strong people-to-people ties, including through tourism.

Canada and Saint Lucia are like-minded partners on the international stage, including on the importance of building climate and economic resilience for small island developing states (SIDS). Canada values Saint Lucia’s collaboration in the Organisation of American States (OAS) to explore solutions to regional issues.  

Canada is represented in Saint Lucia by the High Commission of Canada in Barbados, which opened in 1967. Saint Lucia is represented in Canada by a non-resident High Commissioner based in Washington, D.C., and a consulate in Toronto.

Trade relations

In 2021, Canada’s merchandise exports to Saint Lucia totaled $18.5 million and merchandise imports from Saint Lucia totaled $932,000. Canada’s main exports to Saint Lucia included animal products, food products and machinery.

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Development

During the COVID-19 crisis, Canada redirected programming to respond to St. Lucian and Caribbean needs, including to address gender-based violence, income support and essential services, training and technical assistance for health professionals, as well as supplies and protective equipment.

Canada’s development program is focused on mutual priorities, such as climate and economic resilience, sustainable and inclusive governance, and advancing of gender equality. Following the devastating 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean, Canada announced the $100 million Pledge for Caribbean Reconstruction and Economic and Climate Resilience to support St. Lucia and the region in reconstruction and climate resilience. This included strengthening natural disaster planning and response through organizations such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

At the CARICOM Intersessional Meeting in February 2020, Canada announced an additional $61.5 million in new commitments for resilience, technical assistance and education exchanges for the Caribbean. This includes, for example, the Canada-CARICOM Expert Deployment Mechanism, which provides technical assistance to CARICOM governments, including St. Lucia, to help diversify and strengthen the economy, build climate resilient communities, and reduce gender and economic inequalities. Another collaborative initiative is bringing Canadian and St. Lucian institutions of higher education together for technical and vocational training in the climate change sector. Canada has also provided disaster risk insurance coverage for St. Lucia over the 2019-2022 period.

Canada’s cooperation further extends to regional engagements to strengthen national statistics for policy making, public financial management, access to justice, private sector development, and building the capacity of local women’s rights organizations.

St. Lucia also benefits from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, and Canada’s partnerships with non-governmental organizations and key regional institutions, such as the Saint Lucia-based Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Caribbean Development Bank.

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Operations

Security

Canada and Saint Lucia enjoy strong cooperation in enhancing security in the region. We collaborate through Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program to tackle illicit drugs and crime, and Canada’s support to the Barbados-based Regional Security System, which provides training to security forces. In collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Canada and Saint Lucia work together to tackle money laundering.

Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to global challenges, Canada and Saint Lucia work closely in multilateral fora, such as:

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