Canada – Nicaragua Relations

Positive and longstanding development cooperation and the increasing trade and investment relationship are central to bilateral relations between Canada and Nicaragua.

Canada is represented in Nicaragua by the Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica and through a Development program Office in Managua. In addition to managing the Development Cooperation Program with Nicaragua, the Program Office also provides full consular services to Canadians. The Ambassador is based at the Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica, where the other embassy services are also provided and managed, such as general commercial and diplomatic relations. Nicaragua is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa.

Canada has had a development program in Nicaragua since 1971. The program currently focuses on two development priorities: sustainable economic growth through rural economic development and support to children and youth, and particularly securing opportunities for youth. In 2014-2015, Canada contributed $22.21 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Nicaragua.

Canada and Nicaragua have a healthy trade and investment relationship. In 2015, two-way merchandise trade reached $183.3 million. Canadian exports totalled $44.1 million in 2015, including cereals, machinery, fertilizers, vegetables, fruits, nuts and plants. Canada imported $139.3 million including edible fruits and nuts, optic, photo, medical or surgical instruments and rubber.

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) provides short term scholarship opportunities for students from Latin America and the Caribbean to study or conduct research in Canada. The program is based upon Canadian and Nicaraguan institutional linkages, which facilitate the creation of scholarship opportunities. These academic agreements help foster research collaborations and student exchanges. Nicaraguan students participate in exchange opportunities for study or research at the college, undergraduate and graduate level through various programs in Canada, including the ELAP. In addition to the ELAP scholarships, Nicaraguan students are encouraged to apply for other Canadian awards open to all international students including the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. For a fuller list of opportunities, visit

January 2017

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