Canada established diplomatic relations with Uganda in 1962 following its independence.
In Uganda, Canada is represented by the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. Canada also has an Honorary Consul in Kampala. Uganda is represented in Canada by a High Commission in Ottawa.
Canada’s engagement with Uganda aims to support human rights, democratic governance, and effective service provision for the people of Uganda.
Uganda plays a key security role in the region and is the largest troop contributor to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Canada, in collaboration with the Netherlands, contributed over $10 million in equipment and training to support the deployment of a formed police unit (FPU) from Uganda to Somalia to assist AMISOM in 2010.
Canada takes principled positions on important issues to ensure that freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are enjoyed around the world. Canada has clearly spoken out against criminalization and violence committed against persons on the basis of their sexuality. Canada is working with likeminded countries and partners to coordinate its efforts on this important issue
DFATD does not have a country program for Uganda. However it provides funding through its partnerships and global initiatives programs and through humanitarian channels.
In 2013, two-way merchandise trade totaled $28.1 million consisting of $23.4 million in exports to, and $4.7 million in imports from, Uganda. Top Canadian merchandise exports to Uganda included textiles, machinery and equipment while top Canadian merchandise imports from Uganda were primarily coffee, fish and seafood, live trees, and cocoa.
On the investment side, Canadian interests and activities are concentrated primarily in the mining and infrastructure (power generation and transportation) sectors.