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Canada established diplomatic relations with Seychelles in 1976 following the latter’s independence. In Seychelles, Canada is represented by its High Commission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Canada, Seychelles is represented by its Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, United States. Seychelles also maintains Honorary Consuls in Montreal and Toronto.
Both diverse and bilingual countries, Canada and Seychelles are members of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie, and often share similar views on important multilateral issues such as renewable energy and climate change, governance, and gender equality.
Montreal is home to the third-largest Seychellois diaspora after London (UK) and Perth (Australia), estimated at 740 according to the 2016 Census.
In 2021, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Seychelles reached $3.2 million, consisting of $1 million in exports from Canada and $2.2 million in imports from Seychelles.
As of 2018, Seychelles is no longer eligible for official development assistance (including regional programming and scholarships), having graduated to high income status as measured by the World Bank in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.
Canada and Seychelles have supported each other’s efforts in multinational maritime security and counterterrorism operations in East African waters. Canada has aided in efforts to address the threat of piracy through its contribution to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to support piracy prosecution and incarceration in East Africa, predominantly in Seychelles and Kenya. In February 2022, the Canadian Coast Guard participated in an annual multinational maritime security and safety exercise in Seychelles known as Cutlass Express.
Partnerships and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Seychelles work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
- La Francophonie
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- Open Government Partnership (OGP)
- United Nations (UN)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
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