Canada enjoys excellent relations with Malta based on a shared commitment to democratic values. Malta adopted the Euro in January 2008 and is a member of the European Union, of the UN and its agencies, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and of the Commonwealth. Key elements of the Maltese economy include tourism, shipping and financial services. Following elections in March 2013, the centre-left Labour Party led by Dr. Joseph Muscat was returned to power after an absence of almost 20 years.
Canada’s High Commission to Malta is located in Rome, supported by a Consulate, headed by an Honorary Consul, in Valletta. Malta’s High Commission to Canada is in Washington. Malta has a Consulate General in Toronto and Honorary Consulates in Montreal, Ottawa, St. John’s and Vancouver. Our countries share similar views and positions in the UN, the OSCE and the Commonwealth. Canada and Malta have negotiated a number of bilateral agreements covering investment (1982), taxation (1987), social security (1992), film co-production (1995) and audio-visual relations (1997). Malta played a key role in facilitating the evacuation of Canadians during the Libya evacuation operation in March 2011.
People-to-people ties between Canada and Malta are particularly strong, with a significant Maltese-Canada population, concentrated mainly in west-end Toronto. On 28-29 September 2013, Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat and Foreign Minister George Vella travelled to Toronto to meet with the Maltese-Canadian community.
Two-way bilateral trade amounted to $95.4 million in 2012, an increase of 20% compared to the previous year. Canadian exports to Malta increased 10.6% to $59.8 million in 2012; Canada’s main exports to Malta are aircrafts, pharmaceutical products and machinery. Imports from Malta to Canada increased by 38% in 2012 to $35.6 million; top imports include pharmaceutical products, electrical machinery and organic chemicals. Malta has supported calls for enhanced trade relations between Canada and the EU, including through the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).
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