Canada and the Asia-Pacific

Canada is committed to playing a key role in the Asia-Pacific region, now and in the long term. We are working with global, regional and local partners to:

Building partnerships

The Asia-Pacific region has a growing role in the global economy and politics. Events in the Asia-Pacific region are of critical importance to a broad range of Canadian goals, including prosperity, development, inclusion, sustainability, peace, and security.

Canada seeks to strengthen its relationships across Asia and the Pacific. We increased our presence on the ground with 10 new offices in China and India since 2006, committed new resources to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and appointed Canada’s first-ever resident ambassador to Myanmar in March 2013.

Canada actively works with key organizations that share common interests in the Asia-Pacific region, including:

Economic and trade relations

The Canada-Asia-Pacific relationship is important to Canadian trade and investment:

Canada has prioritized key trade initiatives, including:

Canada is committed to promoting a progressive approach to trade that fosters open markets, creates jobs, helps business become more competitive and drives growth across the Asia-Pacific region. To this end, Canada is working to ensure that trade discussions are informed by, and respond to, issues such as workers’ rights, the environment, gender equality and reinforcing the continued right of governments to regulate in the public interest.

Development assistance

Canada’s development assistance programming in Asia began in the 1950s and remains an important component of our engagement in many developing Asia-Pacific countries. From our early support to help countries to meet basic human needs, Canadian assistance has evolved to provide targeted technical assistance to support institutional reforms necessary for sustainable poverty reduction. Today, Canadian programs help Asian nations develop their capacity to address the region's most pressing challenges:

Canada maintains an active development assistance presence in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, as well as across southeast Asia. Canada also supports multilateral and global programs in Asia.

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