In Libya, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Tripoli.
Libya is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa.
The Canadian-Libyan bilateral relationship is a mutually respectful partnership based on common interests such as democratic governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and strengthening commercial relations.
Libya’s first elected government was sworn in in August 2012. Canada is now engaging Libya as a partner in its post-conflict transition as it builds its democratic institutions, revitalizes its economy, improves the security situation, and works to provide its citizens with the services and rights of a modern democracy.
In 2011, Canada was among the first countries to respond to the demands by the Libyan people for democracy and freedom from corruption in Libya. Through its role in NATO Operation Unified Protector, Canada made a significant contribution to the success of the popular uprising. This contribution was augmented by $10.6 million in humanitarian assistance provided by Canada at the onset of the crisis.
In January 2012, Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, led a delegation of 23 business leaders to Tripoli in order to meet with Libyan authorities and reinvigorate commercial relations. Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, visited Tripoli in October 2011 to show support to the post-conflict stabilization efforts, and had earlier visited Benghazi in June 2011 to support civil society and the democratic transition. Libyan authorities have expressed strong appreciation for Canada’s role and contribution during the conflict and in the post-conflict stabilization period.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the Libyan authorities in order to strengthen stability and security during this critical transitional period. Canada has provided $16 million to post-conflict stabilization efforts, including:
Furthermore, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) has recently supported projects contributing to local community development and active engagement with civil society organizations and NGOs throughout Libya. Projects targeted the thematic areas of advancing democracy, inclusiveness, and equality, ensuring security and stability, and creating opportunities for women and youth. The CFLI program also helps to improve Canada’s bilateral relations with Libya, including Libyan civil society.
Trade and investment are key aspects of overall Canada-Libya relations. Following the 2011 revolution, Libya embarked on a path to modernise its economy, which included market reforms to encourage private sector development and attract foreign investment. Canada and Canadian businesses are active in supporting these efforts. Libya offers significant commercial opportunities, particularly in oil & gas, education, health care, and infrastructure. As of 2012, bilateral trade amounts to C$158.8 million, showing a 181.8 % increase from 2011, the year of the revolution. Our bilateral trade is gradually returning to pre-revolution levels. Canada has led two trade missions to Libya: the first in October 2011, and the second in January 2012.