The Canadian Embassy located in Nairobi, Kenya, with the support of its office in Kigali, Rwanda, is accredited to and responsible for Canada’s relations with Burundi. Canada also has an Honorary Consul in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi.
Burundi has been represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa since 1969. Burundi also has an Honorary Consul in Toronto.
Bilateral relations between Canada and Burundi are cordial, although modest. Both countries collaborate as part of multilateral fora such as La Francophonie. Burundi's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Kavakure, made a working visit to Canada in March 2014 and met with Minister Baird. The latter shared with the Burundian Minister Canada's concerns about the tensions and growing political violence in the country.
Canada contributed to the peace process that led to the first Arusha Agreement (in August 2000) and welcomed the implementation of the political transition in Burundi, in 2005. Peacebuilding and national reconciliation remain fragile in Burundi. Canada recognizes the major efforts made by Burundi to consolidate peace and contribute to peace and security in the world, notably in Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic where Burundian soldiers are working on peace missions.
Canada encourages the entire political class of Burundi to dialogue, opposition parties like the ruling party, to resolutely engage Burundi on the path of national reconciliation, strengthening democracy and economic development. Canada encourages the Burundian authorities to focus their efforts on respect for human rights and issues of good governance, among others in order to create a stimulating business climate and attractive, which will participate in the country's economic development.
In 2013-2014, the Canadian development assistance, $ 7.52 million for this country, essentially targeted the following sectors: humanitarian assistance, health, including reproductive health, and financial services. The main Canadian partners involved in Burundi were the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund , the AMIE – international aid to children et World Relief Canada. The main multilateral partner was the World Food Program.
For more information on projects with Burundi, see DFATD’s Project Browser
Trade relations between Canada and Burundi are modest and stable. In 2014, Canadian merchandise exports to Burundi totaled $ 3.18 million and were composed of various textiles, grain, vehicles and parts and wood. That same year, Canadian merchandise imports from Burundi totaled $ 231,727 and were mainly made up of coffee. In 2014, Burundi was ranked 177th largest export destinations for goods from Canada and the 181st largest global sources of imports of the latter.