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Canada-Kuwait Relations

While Canada opened an Embassy in Kuwait in 1978, the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countriesa dates back to 1965. 

The strong foundation of the Canada-Kuwait relationship can be readily discerned in the two countries' common views and interests in several areas, including peace and security, humanitarian affairs, trade and investment and increased "people-to-people" links. 

The friendship between Canada and Kuwait was never better demonstrated than in 1991, when Canadian Armed Forces personnel served with those of the Armed Forces of Kuwait and coalition allies in the Gulf conflict and its aftermath. Of particular note was the major role played by Canadian firefighters and well control specialists, who worked tirelessly with Kuwaitis in extinguishing massive oil well fires and blowouts.  

This strong bilateral relationship, forged in peace and war, continues to reinforce our common values, strengthen our economies and enhance our shared expertise in a wide range of areas. 

Today, more than 6000 Canadians live in Kuwait and are employed in key areas such as the oil industry, academic institutions, government, health, financial services and engineering. 

Canada and Kuwait enjoy the benefits of varied bilateral agreements and arrangements currently in force. These include:

  • the Agreement on “Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion” (2002)
  • the Air Transport Agreement (provisionally in force since 2007)
  • the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (2014)
  • the Memorandum of Understanding on Economic Cooperation (2009)
  • the Arrangement concerning the Establishment of a Support Base and Related Logistics Operations (2014)
  • the Defence Cooperation Arrangement (2014)
  • the Memorandum of Understanding between the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Ministry of Health of the State of Kuwait (2016)

Official Visits

  • 2016/July: Minister of Defence, Harjit Singh Sajjan
  • 2016/January: Ontario Minister of Health & Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins
  • 2015/November: Minister of Defence, Harjit Singh Sajjan 
  • 2015/May: Former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper 
  • 2014/December: Former Minister of Defence Rob Nicholson
  • 2014/October: Former Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird
  • 2013/August: Former Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast
  • 2011/September: Former Kuwait Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohamed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah 
  • 2011/February: Governor General of Canada, The Right Honourable David Johnston
  • 2010/September: Kuwait Majlis Ash Shura delegation
  • 2010/October: Former Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan
  • 2010/January: Former Kuwait Minister of Health Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer
  • 2009/November Former Kuwait Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ahmad Al-Haroun
  • 2008/January: Former Speaker of the Senate of Canada, Noël Kinsella
  • 2007/November: Former Minister of International Trade, David Emerson

Canada - Kuwait Commercial Relations

Canada-Kuwait bilateral trade in merchandise amounted to $192 Million in 2015. Canada’s exports were predominantly comprised of machinery and mechanical equipment, transportation equipment and agri-food products. In 2015 Kuwaiti Foreign Direct Investment in Canada was estimated at $180 million, while Canadian Direct Investment in Kuwait was estimated at $2 million. 

Canadian businesses will find commercial trade and services opportunities mainly in the petroleum, health, defence and security, agri-food and education sectors. 

Canadian Merchandise Exports and Imports (C$ millions)
Two-way Trade186.33117.08261.75146.79192.27
Source: Statistics Canada (March 2016) – Accessed via Trade Data On-line

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