Canada and Europe

Canada and Europe share a long history, common values and close ties. Canada has developed strong bilateral relationships with the institutions of the European Union (EU), as well as with most European countries inside and outside of the EU.

Shared values

Canada maintains ties with most European countries (both EU and non-EU member states) through shared membership in various international organisations, including:

Trade and Political Relations

The EU is Canada’s second largest trade and investment partner, and a central actor on the vast majority of global issues of concern to Canada. On October 30, 2016, Canada and the European Commission signed the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement(CETA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which together deepen and broaden the scope of our bilateral relationship on a wide range of issues.

Cooperation on international security

NATO is a cornerstone of Canada’s international security policy and a pillar of the rules-based international order. 22 European countries are both NATO Allies and EU Member States. Canada is committed to Euro-Atlantic security, as evidenced by our steadfast engagement in NATO operations, as well as our contribution to EU Common Security and Defence Policy missions. Canada supports NATO-EU cooperation to foster their complementary strengths.

Security and defence in Europe

Canada’s history is bond together with Western Europe with whom it maintains strong ties, including in security and defence. Canada’s relations with the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia have become increasingly important during the past few decades. Canada is a strong voice for democracy and freedom in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and continues to work closely with partners in resolving the conflicts of this region. Canada is one of the strongest supporters of humanitarian, political and economic assistance to Ukraine in the face of Russia’s continued aggression.

Trade Commissioner offices abroad

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