February 20, 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of Canadian-Moldovan diplomatic relations. Bilateral relations are good but modest and are conducted via non-resident missions: Canada, through our Embassy in Bucharest, and Moldova, through its Embassy in Washington D.C.
In March 2012, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Dechert visited Moldova where he attended President Nicolae Timofti’s sworn in ceremony.
In the fall of 2011, the Canada-Moldova friendship group was established in the Canadian Parliament. An estimated 40,000-50,000 Canadians of Moldovan origin are living in Canada, mainly in Toronto and Montreal.
Through its Embassy in Bucharest, Canada participates in small-scale projects aimed at strengthening civil society and human rights in Moldova, supporting, for instance, Moldova’s annual International Human Rights Film Festival in Chisinau.
Canada supports the OSCE-led 5+2 talks as a means of resolving the question of Transdniestria. The 5+2 format involves three mediators (Russia, the OSCE and Ukraine), the parties (Moldova and Transdniestria) and two observers (the USA and the EU). Talks resumed in 2011 after a five-year hiatus. Moldova’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community is in Canada’s interest as it will contribute directly to the security and stability of the region.
Canadian trade and investment interests in Moldova remain modest. Canadian merchandise exports to Moldova totalled nearly $1.2 million in 2012, remaining unchanged from 2011, with machinery being the top category, followed by fish, and tanning and dye extracts. Canadian merchandise imports from Moldova in 2011 totalled $3.5 million, up from $2.1 million in 2011, and consisting mainly of apparels, plastics and beverages.
Last updated: April 2013