Canada and the Middle East and North Africa

Canada values its connections with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and their unique historical, linguistic and cultural heritages.

We cooperate with MENA countries as a member of:

Canada works with partners across the region to promote peace, stability and economic opportunity.

Canada's priorities in the region

Our priorities in the Middle East and North Africa are:

Canada's Middle East strategy

Over the course of five years, between 2016 and 2021, Canada is investing up to $3.5 billion to contribute to international efforts to enhance regional security and stabilization, to provide vital humanitarian assistance to those in need, to help host communities build resilience in the face of conflict, and to increase Canada’s diplomatic engagement in Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Find out more about Canada’s Middle East strategy.

Trade and economic relations

Over the past decade and a half, Canada has greatly increased its trade presence in the Middle East. Growth in exports and imports with the region exceed Canada’s growth in trade overall.

Canada has Free Trade Agreements with Israel and Jordan and 4 Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements with countries in the region (Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Lebanon).

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