Message from the Ambassador-designate
I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Canada in Chile, a fascinating country where I have the honour to represent Canada.
I am privileged to serve in Chile at a time when our relationship is stronger than ever. We celebrate this year a special anniversary for Canada – 150 years since the formation of the Confederation of Canada. This means that our friendship with Chile has lasted for more than half of our lifetime as a nation, as we just celebrated our 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations last year.
Our countries have much to celebrate this year as the historic Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) entered into force 20 years ago, in 1997. It is Canada’s longest standing agreement in the region. Our two-way merchandise trade has more than tripled since it came into force. During President Bachelet’s visit to Canada in June 2017, we signed amendments to the agreement that will among other things incorporate a new chapter on trade and gender, the first chapter of its kind for Canada.
As I step into my new role as head of the Embassy of Canada in Chile, I look forward to continuing to build our strong relationship, sharing experiences and working together in a broad range of areas: from indigenous entrepreneurship at the upcoming World Indigenous Business Forum to a joint commitment to promoting and protecting LGBTI communities around the world through Canada and Chile’s co-chairing of the Equal Rights Coalition.
Our Embassy team works with passion and eagerness to bring our countries closer together. I invite you to browse the website to find out more on all of our 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, assistance for Canadian companies interested in the Chilean market, and information about opportunities to study in Canada.
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