Canada-Turks-Caicos Islands relations
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Canada and the Turks and Caicos Islands have a cooperative bilateral relationship, a reflection of the broader historical relationship between Canada and the United Kingdom. As a British Overseas Territory, the Governor, appointed by the Queen, is responsible for defence, foreign affairs, internal security and international finance for the Islands. Canada and the Turks & and Caicos Islands often cooperate within the framework of the Commonwealth and as part of Canada’s overall engagement in the Caribbean.
As an associate member of CARICOM, the Turks and Caicos Islands benefits from some of Canada’s Caribbean Regional Development Program – a $600 million, 12-year program announced in 2007. The 3 priority areas under which projects are developed include;
- sustainable economic development
- justice sector reform
- disaster mitigation
In particular, the Turks and Caicos Islands are included in regional projects to promote disaster management, tax reform and distance education.
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The beauty of the Turks and Caicos attracts approximately over 30,000 Canadian tourists every year. As they have developed more and more Canadians are living, working and retiring on the Islands.
Canada established relations with the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1982. The Turks and Caicos Islands are represented in Canada by the British High Commission in Ottawa and the British Consulates in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
Canada is officially represented in the Turks and Caicos by the High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom, while the High Commission of Canada to Jamaica, in Kingston looks after Canada's trade and consular interests.
Canadians have private ownership of resorts and residential properties, and there are several Canadian-owned and operated financial services firms in the TCI. Significant Canadian investments have been made in the TCI in the areas of health, airport facilities and power utilities.
With regard to Canada’s trade relationship with the Turks and Caicos Islands, merchandise exports in 2021 totaled $5.9 million and imports to Canada in 2021 from Turks and Caicos Islands totaled $174,741.
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