Canada has excellent relations with Slovenia. Canada recognized Slovenian independence in January 1992, and established diplomatic relations a year later. There are 37,100 Canadians of Slovenian origin. Slovenia has an Embassy in Ottawa and honorary consuls in Toronto, Vancouver and Moncton. Canada's Ambassador to Slovenia is resident in Budapest. The Embassy is assisted by an honorary consul in Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital.
The former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, visited Slovenia in October 2009, paying visits to government officials as well as local artistic, cultural and youth groups. In 2010, separate visits were made to Slovenia by the then Minister of International Trade, the Hon. Peter Van Loan, and the Minister of National Defence, the Hon. Peter MacKay. In November 2011, Ljubica Jelušič, Slovenia’s then Minister of Defence attended the Halifax International Security Forum. There were also visits to Canada by former Slovenian ministers Patrick Vlačič, Minister of Transport, in 2010, and by Boštjan Žekš, Minister for Slovenians Abroad, in 2009.
Canada and Slovenia often seek shared goals due to a common commitment to multilateralism and the rule of law. Slovenia joined NATO in 2004, and is also a member of the OSCE and OECD. Canada has contributed to Slovenia's International Trust Fund for demining projects.
A Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and Slovenia was signed in October 2009, and was implemented on 1 July 2010. Under the agreement Slovenian and Canadian youths between 18 and 35 years old are able to learn about and explore each other’s country, languages, cultures and societies by living and working in their opposite country for a period of up to one year. Currently this program is open to 100 Slovenian and 100 Canadian youths annually.
Canada’s commercial interest has not been exploited to its potential in Slovenia. In 2012, bilateral merchandise trade between the two countries was $202.3 million Canadian dollars. Most Canadian exports are in high value-added products and services, particularly in the aerospace industry.
Last updated: August 2011