Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean

Canada values the deep, long-standing relationships that it has with the countries and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as with the region's multilateral organisations, such as:

Every three years since 1994, the Summit of the Americas has provided heads of state and government from the hemisphere with an opportunity to meet and work collaboratively to advance a common agenda, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address challenges faced in the Americas. The most recent Summit of the Americas was held from April 13 to 14, 2018 in Lima, Peru.

Canada's priorities in the region

Canada shares connections with countries and peoples of Latin America and Caribbean that go far beyond geography, including:  people-to-people ties; shared values; investment; student exchanges; and tourism. Canada works with partners in the region to reinforce those relationships; address social, economic and security issues; and identify opportunities to further develop trade and investment ties for mutual economic, social and cultural benefit.

Canada engages with the countries and peoples of the region through policy dialogue, stakeholder engagement, and international development programming to, among other things:

An important partner in the hemisphere

Canada has eight Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the following countries in the hemisphere:

Canada also has eight Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements and 30 air transport agreements with countries in the Americas.

The total value of Canadian international assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean was $708 million in 2017-2018.

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