Algeria–Canada relations

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Algeria-Canada relations
Map indicating locations of Algeria and Canada



Algeria–Canada relations refer to Interstate relations between Algeria and Canada. Canada has an embassy in Algiers. Algeria has an embassy in Ottawa and a consulate in Montreal. Canada recognized Algeria following its independence from France in 1962, and formal diplomatic relations were established two years later in 1964.

Bilateral Visits[edit]

In 2006, Governor General Michaëlle Jean visited Algeria as part of a tour of Africa, during which she promoted the partnership between Canada and Algeria in assisting in African development.[1] In 2010, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika visited Canada to take part in the G8 summit in Muskoka.[2] Lawrence Cannon, then the Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Algeria in January 2011 and met with his Algerian counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mourad Medelci.

Economic Activity[edit]

Algeria is Canada's top trading partner in Africa. There is a large trade imbalance between Algeria and Canada in favour of the Algerians. Canadian exports to Algeria totalled $352 million in 2010, mostly in agricultural products such as Durum wheat, while Canadian imports from Algeria totalled $3.8 billion, 99% of which was crude oil. [3]


The Algerian community in Canada numbers approximately 50,000 people, most of whom reside in and around Montreal. Air Algérie operates one daily flight from Montreal to Algiers to serve this market.


Algeria claimed that two Canadians were among the Jihadi militants responsible for a hostage taking at an isolated natural gas plant in the Sahara desert in January 2013. Canada launched its own investigation. In March, the RCMP confirmed that one Canadian's body was identified to be related to the attack. The investigation was slowed by the fact that Canada and Algeria do not share intelligence information.[4]

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