Canada recognized Montenegro’s independence in June 2006 following the May 21, 2006 referendum. Diplomatic relations between Canada and Montenegro were formally established in September 2006.
In Montenegro, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Belgrade, Serbia.
Montenegro is formally represented in Canada by its Embassy in Washington, D.C..
On June 29, 2010, Montenegro opened a Consulate and appointed an Honorary Consul in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is the first Montenegrin Consulate in Canada in the last 92 years, and illustrates the strengthening relationship between our two countries.
Canada and Montenegro enjoy solid relations based on Canada’s support for Montenegro’s reform and transition process, a growing trade and investment relationship, as well as increasing academic and cultural exchanges.
Canada supports Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations, including its efforts towards EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership. Additionally, Canada, as lead nation, provided financial assistance through a NATO project to assist Montenegro in completing the destruction of its stockpile of anti-personnel landmines in 2007. Canada welcomed Montenegro’s admission into the NATO-run Partnership for Peace program (PfP) in 2006 and the country’s active participation in the Department of National Defence’s Military Training and Co-operation Program (MTCP) shortly thereafter.
In 2009, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) officially closed its office in the Western Balkans. CIDA’s legacy is characterized by its involvement in issues related to health, education, and gender equality. During the final year of operations, $620,000 in funding was disbursed for activities in Montenegro. Currently, Canada Fund monies are available to finance small projects within Montenegro.
Canada-Montenegro commercial relations are developing. However, Canadian investment commitments have increased in Montenegro in the form of sizeable private investments estimated at well over $100 million to support post-secondary education and development of the country’s tourism sector.