Diplomatic relations with Mauritius were established after the country’s independence in 1967. Canada is represented in Mauritius by the High Commission of Canada to South Africa. Canada also maintains an Honorary Consul in Port Louis, Mauritius.
Mauritius is represented in Canada by a High Commissioner resident in Washington, D.C. Mauritius also has Honorary Consuls in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Canada and Mauritius have limited but positive bilateral relations, generally centered on interaction within the Commonwealth, La Francophonie, and the United Nations. The two countries share similar views on a number of multilateral issues as well as various foreign policy objectives related to the environment, including a desire to preserve and manage highly migratory fish stocks. A large number of young Mauritians also come to study in Canada each year.
To uphold shared principles and values with respect to human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and in light of concerns over the deterioration of Commonwealth values and apprehension regarding the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, the host of the 2013 CHOGM, Mauritius took a principled decision not to attend the 2013 CHOGM and not to host the 2015 CHOGM as scheduled.
The Mauritian Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Shakeel Mohamed, visited Canada in 2012 and 2013.
Trade between Canada and Mauritius is modest with the potential to grow. The total two-way merchandise trade between the two countries equalled CAD $19.9 million in 2013 (Statistics Canada).
The balance of trade is largely favourable to Mauritius with merchandise imports from Mauritius amounting over CAD $14.3 million in 2013. The major Canadian imports were of textiles and textile articles, live animals/animal products, and fish and seafood.
In 2013, total Canadian merchandise exports to Mauritius approached CAD $5.6 million. Vegetable products are the largest export to Mauritius, and the second largest is meat.
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 346 Mauritian students were studying in Canada in 2012.
Canada does not maintain a significant development assistance program in Mauritius. Mauritius may benefit from various DFATD delivery channels such as the Pan African Regional Program; Multilateral and Global Programs including the International Humanitarian Assistance Program; and Partnerships with Canadians programs that support efforts of selected Canadian institutions, associations and non-governmental organizations working in developing countries.