Canada–Colombia relations

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Canadian–Colombian relations
Map indicating locations of Canada and Colombia



Canada–Colombia relations are foreign relations between Canada and the Republic of Colombia. Full direct diplomatic relations were established in 1953, with the exchange of the first ambassadors. Canada has an embassy in Bogotá. Colombia has an embassy in Ottawa and 2 Consulates-General (in Montreal and Toronto). Both countries are full members of the Organization of American States.


The top exports from Colombia to Canada are coffee, bananas, coal and fuel.

In 2010 Canada officially entered into the Canada-Colombia Free Trade agreement previously signed in 2008. The news was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Bogota, Colombia. The agreement officially took effect August 15, 2011.[1] In 2008, the two countries signed a new $1.14 billion dollar bilateral trade agreement (the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement) at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. The agreement will lead to exchange of such products including wheat, pulses, barley, paper and heavy equipment and will help the manufacturing and financial industries. Part of the agreement includes Colombia elimination of child labour, forced labour and workplace discrimination and will eliminate double taxation. Colombia will also eliminate 98% of tariffs on good exported to Canada within the next ten years.[2]

Foreign Aid[edit]

The Canadian government announced in February 2009 that it was adding Colombia to its list of preferred countries to receive foreign aid. This list includes 18 countries and the West Bank and Caribbean.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Canada Colombia Trade Deal Takes Effect". 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Canada signs free-trade agreement with Colombia". Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  3. ^ Alexander Panetta, "Canada limits main foreign aid recipients to 20 countries", Canada East website (accessed 3 March 2009)

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