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Canada-Brazil relations

Canada and Brazil enjoy diplomatic relations that date back to 1941, when Brazil established its diplomatic mission in Canada. Canada has an embassy in Brasilia, consulates general in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and trade offices in Belo Horizonte, Recife and Porto Alegre. Brazil maintains an embassy in Ottawa and consulates general in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Bilateral relationship

Canada’s trade and investment relationship with Brazil has seen steady growth in recent years, and there are major two-way trade and foreign investment flows.

The relationship has been strengthened by dialogue in many areas, including human rights, humanitarian assistance, mobility, health, education, defence and security, agriculture, and science and technology.

Trade relationship

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service has identified significant commercial opportunities for Canadian companies in a number of key sectors that are well suited to Canadian capabilities and interests: infrastructure, education, clean technology, information and communications technology, oil and gas, and aerospace. In addition to these priority sectors, important opportunities for Canadian companies exist in mining, defence and security, life sciences, ocean technologies, automotive, power, agriculture and agri-food, services and tourism.

As a financial Crown Corporation, Export Development Canada (EDC) provides financial solutions for Canadian companies doing business abroad – exporters and investors. EDC has offices in Rio and São Paulo since early 2000’s. In 2018 its business in Brazil reached $2.63 billion in total volume, as it served 335 customers with its insurance and financing solutions.

Brazilian investment in Canada is made easier with the help of Invest in Canada. Invest in Canada offers tailored and confidential services to support to global companies with their business expansion to Canada.

Trade and investment agreements

Trade and investment agreements involving Canada and Brazil:

For more information, consult trade and investment agreements.

Development relationship

Canada and Brazil are development cooperation partners. Together, we seek to advance the Canada-Brazil development relationship through policy dialogue, joint policy research, enhanced institutional links and technical-cooperation activities in third countries.

Partners and organizations

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

Canada-Brazil fact sheet

What we're doing

Read stories about Canada’s efforts in Brazil.

Canada’s projects in Brazil

Canada and Brazil are development cooperation partners. Together, we seek to advance the Canada-Brazil development relationship through policy dialogue, joint policy research, enhanced institutional links and technical-cooperation activities in third countries.

Total projects: 17

Number of projects per sector
# of projects
Higher education1
Democratic participation and civil society1
Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution1
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF)1
Cybercrime1
Narcotics control2
Multisector aid4
Sectors not specified5
Promotion of development awareness1

For more information, search Global Affairs Canada’s Project Brower.

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) provides funding for small projects implemented by local organizations in Brazil to offer direct social, economic or technical assistance to local populations.

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