Message from the Ambassador

As Ambassador of Canada to Chile, I am pleased to welcome you to our Embassy website.

I consider myself fortunate to serve in Chile at a particularly dynamic time in our bilateral relationship.  During 2017, Canada and Chile celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the entry into force of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) and I believe that our relationship has never been more solid.

Canadian private sector presence in Chile is also growing from strength to strength, building on a long-standing relationship that spans a variety of sectors including mining, energy, agriculture, forestry, services, and sustainable technologies. Implemented in 1997, the CCFTA remains the cornerstone of our bilateral commercial relationship and is Canada’s longest standing such agreement in the region. We have continued to modernize and strengthen this agreement to consolidate and increase trade and investment. Most recently, during President Bachelet’s visit to Canada in June 2017, we have signed amendments to the agreement that will incorporate a new chapter on trade and gender, the first chapter of this kind for Canada, as well as a new chapters on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade, and amendments to the investment chapter and to the government procurement chapter. We’re also working on implementing updated rules of origin. These changes are reflective of Canada’s new progressive trade agenda, where we want to ensure that the benefits of trade benefit more people.

The CCFTA is complemented by parallel agreements on Labour and Environmental Cooperation, which also entered into force in 1997 and serve as frameworks for important bilateral collaboration.   Other agreements that help move forward our dynamic, multifaceted bilateral relationship include the Canada-Chile Strategic Partnership Agreement – refreshed and updated in 2013; bilateral taxation and air transport agreements; and a full range of memoranda of understanding whose topics – including defence, education, innovation and sustainable development of minerals and metals – demonstrate the depth and also potential for further growth in our bilateral relations.

Also, on top of bilateral relations, a couple of important milestones have been reached last year between Canada and the Pacific Alliance. We signed a Joint Declaration on a Partnership between Canada and the Members of the Pacific Alliance in June 2016, the first partnership of this kind signed between the Pacific Alliance and an observer state. This was followed by the announcement of three cooperation projects by Canada at the Pacific Alliance Summit in Puerto Varas, also in June 2016, which are now in the implementing phases. Recently, at the Pacific Alliance Summit in Cali, Colombia in June 2017, Canada was invited to start negotiations to become one of the first Associated Members of the Alliance.

In addition, we are pleased to be able to support the Chilean government’s social inclusion objectives through targeted initiatives in areas such as respect for diversity, gender equality, transparency and accountability, and indigenous issues.

On this website you will find more information on these activities, as well as other aspects of Canada's bilateral relations with Chile, and links to the various services and information offered by the Embassy. This includes the provision of consular assistance to Canadian citizens in Chile, and also information about opportunities to study in Canada – in particular, you may want to check out our hosted at the Embassy.

It is also important to highlight the existence of the International Experience Canada program that benefits Chileans between the ages of 18 and 35 to travel and work in Canada for up to one year and/or study. To find out more about this program, its requirements and available quotas, visit the website of the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada.  

The requirement for visitor visas for Chilean nationals was lifted in 2014, and since then we have seen a 40% increase in Chileans traveling to Canada.  The Canadian Embassy in Buenos Aires can answer queries from people in Chile interested in traveling to Canada. 

Since November 2016, Chileans need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly or transit through Canada. If you are a dual Canadian citizen, you will need a valid Canadian passport to board your flight.

Please continue to visit this website for information about Canada in Chile and future events that might interest you.  I would also encourage you to connect with us via our Facebook and Twitter pages, where news and events are advertised regularly.

Marcel Lebleu