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Canada-Pakistan Relations

In Pakistan, Canada is represented by the High Commission in Islamabad. Canada also has consulates in Karachi and Lahore.

Pakistan is represented in Canada by a High Commission in Ottawa. Pakistan also has consulates in Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Canada pursues a broad range of interests in the context of bilateral relations with Pakistan, including: development cooperation; people-to-people links; regional security and defence; governance and human rights; trade and investment.

Pakistan remains an important ally for Canada in the global fight against terrorism. Canada and Pakistan continue to work together to enhance mutual regional security interests.

Canada believes that democracy is integral to a peaceful and prosperous future for Pakistan and to this end, supports programs that help strengthen democratic institutions.

People-to-people links between Pakistan and Canada remain strong. Pakistan is among Canada’s top ten sources of immigrants, with more than 6214 permanent resident visas issued in 2009. Nearly 12,000 temporary resident and student visas were also issued that same year. Estimates of the size of the Pakistani community in Canada range up to 300,000 and the community continues to make significant contributions to the prosperity and multi-cultural fabric of Canada.

Pakistan is Canada's 40th largest export destination for services (2007) and 41st largest export destination for Canadian merchandise trade (2009). In 2009, Canada-Pakistan bilateral trade reached $651.1 million with Canadian exports to Pakistan at $408.6 million. Opportunities for Canadian companies exist in infrastructure, information and communication technologies (ICT), mining, energy, agri-food and wood sectors.

Canada has provided socio-economic development assistance to Pakistan for more than forty years. Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is focucused on education (teacher training) and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

As of February 25, 2011, the Government of Canada has allocated $79.8 million in response to the 2010 floods in Pakistan. Of this amount, $71.8 million is being provided by DFATD for humanitarian assistance and early recovery and $8 million by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Individual Canadians donated $46.8 million to registered Canadian charities in support of flood relief, which was matched by the Government of Canada. Canada also responded quickly and was a significant donor following the devastating October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, including the deployment of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). Canada committed approximately $130 million for earthquake relief and reconstruction efforts.

March 2011

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