Canada - Singapore Relations

Canada - Singapore Relations

In Singapore, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada.

Singapore is represented in Canada by their non-resident High Commissioner, who is based in Singapore. Honorary Consul-Generals are also present in Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario.

Canada was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Singapore after it gained independence in 1965. 2015 is a significant milestone for both countries. We are jointly marking 50 years of diplomatic relations as well as celebrating Singapore 50th birthday.       

Bilateral relations between Canada and Singapore are wide-ranging, and characterized by cooperation in a variety of areas, including security and defence, governance and the rule of law, pluralism, trade, science and technology and Arctic matters.     

The Canada-Singapore relationship is strengthened by cooperation in multilateral forums such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Commonwealth, and with dialogue through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the security-oriented ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the Shangri-La Dialogue and the Arctic Council. We cooperate within these forums on economic growth, good governance, promotion of democracy, regional stability and security. Our cooperation also extends to confidence building and preventive diplomacy as well as the reduction of trade restrictions. Within the Arctic Council, Canada is collaborating with Singapore, an Accredited Observer to advance the Council’s work, including protecting the traditional way of life, migratory birds and safe Arctic shipping.       

In the field of defence and security, areas of cooperation include pilot training, maritime security,  non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and counter-terrorism.

As both Singapore and Canada have diverse populations that represent a range of cultural values, customs and perspectives, the two countries pursue an open dialogue and exchange of ideas on policies and programs related to pluralism and multiculturalism.

Canada and Singapore also enjoy strong people-to-people links. These ties are enhanced by the thousands of Singaporean students who have elected to study in Canada, Canadian students studying in Singapore, the many Canadians who reside in Singapore, and the 83,000 Canadians that visit the city-state every year.


Singapore is an important regional trade partner for Canada and is Canada's third largest export market in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Singapore is a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, which Canada and Mexico formally joined in October 2012.

As a major Asian gateway, Singapore is important in the context of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway Corridor Initiative. Singapore offers a diverse array of commercial, research and development opportunities for Canadian firms and investors and is well-placed for Canadian companies intending to do business with Southeast Asia, China and India.

June 2015

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