Canada and Croatia enjoy good bilateral relations. Canada has supported Croatia in its pursuit of political and economic reforms and its efforts to strengthen the rule of law. Canada welcomed Croatia’s formal accession to NATO in 2009 and the European Union in 2013. Canada is also encouraged by Croatia's leadership in assisting other Southeast European countries in their own paths towards Euro-Atlantic integration.
Diplomatic relations were established between Canada and Croatia in 1993, following Croatia’s 1991 declaration of independence. The last few years have seen a significant strengthening of Canada-Croatia bilateral relations. In March 2009, Canada took the decision to lift visa requirements for Croatian citizens travelling to Canada. The political dialogue between Canada and Croatia is excellent, with significant interaction at the highest levels.
Canada and Croatia are like-minded countries on key global and regional issues and partners in a range of multilateral institutions such as the UN and NATO. Canada's large and dynamic Croatian-Canadian community is particularly interested and engaged in all aspects - cultural, social, economic and political - of our bilateral relations. According to the 2011 census, 114,880 Canadians declared a Croatian ethnic origin, mostly in the Toronto area.
Croatia has participated in the Department of National Defence's Military Training Assistance Programme (MTAP) since 2005, which comprises language training and peacekeeping training.
Bilateral commercial exchanges between Canada and Croatia are modest but growing. In 2013, Canadian exports to Croatia totaled $21,090,642 and Croatian exports to Canada were $95,191,501.
The Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce, based in Toronto, and the Canadian-Croatian Business Network (CCBN) in Zagreb have been active in promoting bilateral trade and organizing trade missions. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the keynote speaker at the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce's 10th Annual Business Excellence Award in May 2012. Croatian-Canadians play a key role in developing trade and investment opportunities.
A Youth Mobility Arrangement was signed with Croatia in May 2010 which led to the implementation of the International Experience Canada program. The Youth Mobility Arrangement facilitates the process for Canadian and Croatian youth between the ages of 18 and 35 to obtain work permits in order to travel and work abroad for a period of up to 12 months within each other’s country.
Canada and Croatia signed an Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation in 1999 and a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) in 1997.
Canada is represented in Croatia by its Embassy in Zagreb. Croatia has an Embassy in Ottawa and a Consulate General in Mississauga.
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