Canada - Singapore Relations

Canada - Singapore Relations

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

Singapore is represented in Canada by a non-resident High Commissioner, who is based in Singapore. Honorary Consul-Generals are present in Vancouver and Toronto.

Canada was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Singapore after it became independent in 1965. Since then, Singapore has become one of Canada’s most important partners in Southeast Asia. Bilateral relations between Canada and Singapore are wide-ranging, and characterized by cooperation in a variety of areas, including trade, security and defence, education, science and technology, and Arctic related issues.

The Canada-Singapore relationship is strengthened by cooperation in multilateral forums such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the World Trade Organization, the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum, and the Arctic Council. We work closely together within these forums on economic growth, good governance, the promotion of democracy, and regional stability. Our cooperation also extends to confidence building and preventive diplomacy as well as the reduction of trade restrictions. In the field of defence and security, areas of collaboration include training, maritime security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, counter-terrorism, and cybersecurity. We also cooperate on Arctic issues, both within the Arctic Council (through the Working Groups on issues such as migratory birds and safe Arctic shipping) and bilaterally, where concrete projects are currently being explored. The High Commission of Canada in Singapore collaborated with the National Museum of Singapore for a month long series of events to deepen engagement on a range of Arctic issues, with a significant emphasis on climate change. Singapore will also be sending for the first time a Singaporean student to participate in the Students on Ice summer 2018 expedition.

As both Singapore and Canada have diverse populations that represent a range of 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 thousands of Canadians that visit the city-state every year.

Trade

Singapore offers a diverse array of commercial, science, technology and innovation opportunities for Canadian firms and investors and is well-placed for Canadian companies intending to do business with Southeast Asia, China and India. Singapore is an increasingly important regional trade partner for Canada. Singapore is, as Canada, signatory to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Singapore, alongside Australia, Canada and New Zealand, were invited by the Pacific Alliance (PA) (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) to become candidate Associated States, which involves the negotiation of a comprehensive FTA with the PA as a bloc.  Singapore is also one of ten Southeast Asian states, which also include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, that form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional grouping that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation among its ten members, with which Canada is pursuing a Canada-ASEAN FTA.

July 2018