Canadian Trade Office in Taipei

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Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
Le Bureau commercial du Canada à Taipei
Night in Walsin Lihwa Building 20130212.jpg
The Hua-Hsin Building, location of the CTOT
Location Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Address 6th Floor, No. 1, Song-Zhi Road

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT), (French: Le Bureau commercial du Canada à Taipei); (Chinese: 加拿大駐台北貿易辦事處; pinyin: Jiānádà Zhù Táiběi Màoyì Bànshì Chù; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ka-ná-tāi chù Tâi-pak Bō͘-e̍k Pān-sū-chhù) is Canada's representation in Taiwan, which functions as a de facto embassy in the absence of diplomatic relations. The current Executive Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is Mario Ste-Marie.


Canada established diplomatic representation with the Republic of China (ROC) in 1942, when it dispatched an ambassador to the temporary capital of Chongqing. The Canadian embassy was moved to Nanjing in 1946, where it remained until the city was taken by Communist forces on April 23, 1949. Canada chose not to post establish an embassy in Taipei, instead maintaining relations through a trade mission in Manila.[1] Canadian citizens in Taiwan received consular assistance from the British consulate.[2]

Canada and the People's Republic of China (PRC) signed a joint communiqué marking the establishment of diplomatic relations on October 13, 1970, in which Canada recognises the PRC government as the "sole legal government of China" and "takes note" of China's position that Taiwan is an "inalienable part of the territory" of the PRC.[3] It is the position of the PRC government that countries with which it has diplomatic relations may not also maintain official relations with the Republic of China.

The CTOT started operations on November 28, 1986. Staff were initially drawn from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, but the CTOT is now fully funded by the Government of Canada and staffed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Despite its name, the CTOT does not differ from any other Canadian overseas mission. The CTOT does everything from issuing Canadian passports and providing consular services, to promoting trade and investment cooperation and cultural/educational exchanges. In addition, there are also provincial representatives from the Governments of Alberta and Quebec.

The ROC, likewise, is represented in Canada by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada, which has established offices in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) has operated non-governmental trade offices in Canada since the creation of the Far East Trade Services in Montreal in 1970.

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For Canadian ambassadors to the Republic of China prior to 1949, see List of Canadian ambassadors to China.

Mulroney would later serve as the Canadian Ambassador to the PRC from 2009 to 2012.[6]


CTOT is accessible within walking distance South of Taipei City Hall Station of the Taipei Metro.

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