Canada - Liberia Relations

Diplomatic Relations

Bilateral relations between Canada and Liberia are good, but limited. The two countries maintain a dialogue through multilateral fora. Diplomatic relations were established with Liberia in 1971.

Canada in Liberia

Canada has covered the country through the Canadian Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire since 1971

Liberia in Canada

Liberian affairs in Canada have been managed through the Embassy of Liberia in Washington since 1971.

Liberia’s Students in Canada

To fight the spread of the Ebola virus, Canada did not process any new worker, student, visitor or permanent resident visa applications from Liberia between October 31, 2014 and May 11, 2015, when the WHO declared the outbreak in the country to be over.

Trade and Investments

Trade Relations

Trade relations between Canada and Liberia are modest. In 2015, bilateral trade in goods rose to over $51.2 million, composed of nearly $10.6 million in exports to Liberia and more than $40.6 million in imports from Liberia. Top Canadian exports to Liberia include machinery; vehicles and parts; and textiles. Liberia continues to have a challenging business environment, characterized by low human capital, poor physical infrastructure, limited access to financial services. The registration of property and land titles also remains an issue, making it difficult for investors to access credit.

Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Canada does not have a bilateral development assistance program in Liberia.  Development assistance is instead done through international organizations and NGO’s.  In 2014-15 Canada provided $24.4 million, mainly to programs and initiatives in the health and education sectors.  Canada’s main partner-NGOs involved in Liberia in 2015 were the Canadian Red Cross Society and Right to Play International; Canada’s main multilateral partner was the World Bank.

Canadian Support to the Ebola Crisis:

Canada was one of the earliest responders to the Ebola crisis, and to date has committed more than $130 million to help address the health, humanitarian and security implications of the crisis in the three affected countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Canada also made numerous in-kind contributions to efforts to end the Ebola outbreak, including the deployment of two rotating mobile laboratories, provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with funding from GAC’s Global Partnership Program (GPP); support to the deployment of health experts and emergency response personnel to UN agencies in the affected countries; the donation and delivery of more than 18 million items of personal protective equipment valued at $14.75 million to the WHO in West Africa; and shipments of donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the WHO. This was part of a commitment to provide over $2 million worth of PPE to frontline healthcare professionals.

In November 2014, Canada launched the “Join the Fight against Ebola” campaign, which led to the recruitment of seven Canadian healthcare workers and the deployment of 58 delegates through the Canadian Red Cross, to help manage existing Ebola Treatment Centres in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

See Project Browser for additional information on programming in Liberia.

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November 2016

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