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.

Shared values

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

Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

The Canada-EU relationship is important to Canada. 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, also known as CETA and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which will deepen and broaden the scope of our bilateral relationship on a wide range of issues.

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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