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Canada-Poland Relations

In Poland, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Warsaw.

Poland is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. Poland also has consulates in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Bilateral relations

Canada and Poland enjoy close bilateral relations, including growth in trade and investments, increasing military co-operation and academic relations programmes. Canada is home to a vibrant community of almost one million Polish-Canadians.  In 2009, two important agreements between Canada and Poland came into force- the Social Security Agreement, which coordinates pension benefits between the two countries, and the Youth Mobility Agreement, which allows youth from Canada and Poland to travel and work in the other country for up to one year. Canada and Poland have an Avoidance of Double Taxation agreement in effect since 2013.

As of April 2015, the visa requirement on Polish nationals who do not hold an ePassport has been lifted. All Poles now need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), which is a quick, easy, online process, and – once obtained – is valid for up to five years and for multiple visits to Canada. Visit to learn more.

Trade and Investment

Poland and Canada enjoy excellent trade relations, with Poland being Canada's largest merchandise trading partner in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015, the value of bilateral trade was $ 2.2 billion. Canadian exports to Poland were at $251 million and included primarily machinery, mineral ores, medical or surgical instruments and mineral fuel.  Canadian imports from Poland were valued at $1.7 billion in 2015, with top sectors being machinery, fur skins, furniture, electrical machinery, aircraft, and parts. EU membership, coupled with Poland’s resilience to the global economic slowdown, makes it an attractive investment destination for Canadian companies. Canadian cumulative direct investment in Poland totalled $264 million in 2014. Major Canadian investors in Poland include such companies as Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, McCain, Apotex, Valeant, Redknee, SNC-Lavalin, Heli-one and CGI.

Military Cooperation

In February 1998, Canada was the first North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) country to ratify Polish accession to the North Atlantic Alliance. Since then, Canada and Poland have developed a close bilateral relationship as NATO Allies, including through a robust training and exercise program. Canada currently has over 200 personnel deployed to Poland to participate in training and exercises with Poland and other NATO Allies as part Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s Assurance Measures.   

Multilateral Cooperation

Canada and Poland cooperate closely also through multilateral initiatives  as valuable partners in the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization, Canada-EU relations, and across a wide range of United Nations organizations and initiatives.

Academic and Cultural Cooperation

Each year, Canada hosts a number of international students from Poland with a valid student permit of more than 6 months. Polish students are invited to consider applying for the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, worth $50,000 annually for a three year Ph.D., and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, worth $70,000 a year for up to two years.

March 2016

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