Macao is represented in Canada by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ottawa.
Bilateral relations with Macao date back two centuries, with trade and immigration dominating the bilateral relationship. Over the last two centuries, migratory ties, bilateral cooperation and economic development have further cultivated this long-standing and supportive relationship.
Macao became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1999. Under the “one country, two systems” policy, Macao has autonomy over its main political, economic and legal structures. While it is responsible for the exercise of its executive, legislative, and judicial powers, the territory’s defence and foreign affairs are the responsibility of the PRC.
The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong has been accredited to Macao for over a quarter century. Since 1980, the serving Head of the Consulate General in Hong Kong also serves as Consul-General to Macao. Diplomatic ties are enhanced by common membership in international organizations such as the World Trade Organization. Moreover, cultural and social associations in both Canada and Macao, such as Casa de Macao Vancouver and Casa de Macao Toronto, have strengthened ties and understanding.
Prominent figures in Macao's business, leadership and community circles have lived in or studied in Canada, including the former Chief Executive, Mr. Edmund Ho. Canadians are increasingly visible and play an active role in Macanese society, notably through the 2002 establishment of the first and only international school in Macao, which follows the Alberta curriculum.
Canada's trade in Macao continues to develop as Macao moves from a niche gaming market to a regional tourism destination. A Canadian Chamber of Commerce was set up in 2004 to promote and defend the trade interests of Macao’s Canadian business community. As Macao develops into a full-fledged tourism and meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) destination, large scale hotel chains, shopping malls, convention halls, exhibition facilities and entertainment venues are being built with a view to capitalize on the influx of tourists from China and East Asia.
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