Canada – Vanuatu Relations

Diplomatic relations were established on 30 July 1980.

In Vanuatu, Canada is represented by the  High Commission of Canada in Australia.

Vanuatu is represented in Canada by a permanent mission to the UN in New York, US.

Canada enjoys a deep and positive relationship with Vanuatu. Bilateral relations are cordial and enhanced by a shared membership in international organisations such as La Francophonie, the Commonwealth and the United Nations. Canada and Vanuatu share interests with respect to fisheries and are both party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Canada is also a Dialogue Partner of the Pacific Islands Forum to which Vanuatu belongs.

Vanuatu is an archipelago originating from volcanoes - some still active - and consisting of no fewer than 82 islands. The population of Vanuatu live mostly in rural areas on subsistence agriculture. Vanuatu has three official languages – Bislama, English and French – of which English and French are shared with Canada.

With regard to development assistance, Canada supports community-based projects in Vanuatu through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives administered by the High Commission of Canada in Australia. Canada also provides long-term institutional support to multilateral and global organizations that are present in the Pacific. 

Canada's trade relations with Vanuatu are managed by the Trade Commissioner Service at the High Commission of Canada in Australia.

November 2014

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