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Canada and Germany enjoy a close and friendly partnership, reflected in their active cooperation on the international stage as well as their healthy economic and investment relations.

Both countries benefit from their strong cultural connections and people-to-people contacts. Almost 10% of the Canadian population claim at least partial German ancestry and about 500,000 Canadians travel to Germany each year, with about the same number of Germans visiting Canada.

Academic links are also vibrant. Every year, several thousand German students spend a full year at a Canadian university or high school. Many more travel to Canada for short-term study, research or an internship.

The Canadian embassy to Germany is situated in the heart of Berlin where the Berlin Wall used to divide the eastern and western parts of the city. The building was opened in 2005 by then governor general Adrienne Clarkson. Canada has consulates in the cities of Munich and Düsseldorf, which focus on trade promotion and investment relations.

There is also cooperation between Canadian provinces and German federal states, such as Alberta with Saxony, British Columbia with Rhineland-Palatinate, Ontario with Baden-Württemberg, and Quebec with Bavaria, Saxony and Brandenburg. Alberta and Ontario have each opened an office in the Munich consulate, while Quebec maintains offices in both Berlin and Munich.

In addition to the embassy in Ottawa, Germany maintains consulates in Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver.   

Political and economic relations

Canada and Germany are like-minded global partners. We champion common values and interests in areas such as human rights, democracy and the rule of law, international peace and security, global trade, the environment and climate change, and promoting a rules-based international system.

Germany and Canada—long-standing partners in NATO—cooperate closely on security and defence issues. We are also both members of the G7 and G20, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Germany is a permanent observer in the Organization of American States and on the Arctic Council. Canada and Germany share a long-standing partnership in the Arctic, with German experts regularly visiting the Canadian Arctic to pursue science and research projects.

Trade and investment

Germany has the largest economy in the EU and the fourth largest in the world. Canada’s bilateral trade with Germany has grown considerably since German reunification. Germany is Canada’s largest export market in the EU, and our sixth-largest trading partner globally. Canada’s top merchandise exports include machinery, mineral ores, scientific and precision instruments, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, and mineral fuels and oils. Germany is the ninth-largest foreign direct investor in Canada.

May 2018

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