Canada established relations with the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1982. In recent years, the Canadian presence in the Turks and Caicos Islands has increased dramatically and includes numerous retirees, professionals and tourists.
Canada's diplomatic representation is assured through our High Commission of Canada in London, while the High Commission of Canada in Jamaica looks after Canada's consular interests in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Turks and Caicos Islands' are represented in Canada by the British High Commission in Ottawa and the British Consulates in St. John's, Dartmouth, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
Canada has a cooperative bilateral relations partnership with the Turks and Caicos Islands, a reflection of the broader historical relationship between Canada and the United Kingdom. The British government is responsible for defence, foreign affairs, internal security and offshore finance. The Turks and Caicos Islands are an associate member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Canada and the Turks & and Caicos Islands often cooperate within the Commonwealth.
Canada’s program of development assistance in the Turks and Caicos Islands is managed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
With regard to Canada’s trade relationship with the Turks and Caicos Islands, bilateral merchandise trade in 2010 reached $5.84 million. Merchandise exports totalled $5.73 million and included machinery, wood, electrical and electronic machinery, medical instruments and furniture and bedding and vehicles. Imports to Canada from Turks and Caicos Islands totalled $0.11 million in 2010 and included machinery, art and antiques and medical instruments.