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Canada-Slovakia Relations

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Canada is represented in Slovakia by the Embassy of Canada to Austria, in Vienna. Canada also has an office in Bratislava.

Slovakia is represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa. Slovakia also has consulates in Calgary, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Our history

People

Canada and Slovakia enjoy excellent bilateral relations, largely thanks to Canada’s sheltering of Czechoslovak political refugees in 1948 and 1968, steadfast support for dissidents throughout the Communist period and the strengthening of Canada-Slovakia personal and family ties since 1989. The community of about 65,000 Canadians of Slovak heritage is a link that enhances ties between the two countries. These Slovaks have enriched our nation in different walks of life, and Canada is proud of their many achievements.

Politics

Our bilateral diplomatic relationship goes back to 1920 when Czechoslovakia first appointed a consular agent in Montréal. Since then, Canada and Slovakia have signed treaties that cover social security, the avoidance of double taxation, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the promotion and protection of investment, youth mobility and much more. We are proud that Canada took a lead in supporting Slovakia’s entry into the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Relations between Canada and Slovakia are excellent and can only improve.

International Experience Canada

The Canada-Slovakia Youth Mobility Agreement, known as International Experience Canada, came into effect in 2011. Through this exciting initiative, young Slovaks (ages 18 to 35) can apply for a temporary work permit to travel and work in Canada for up to one year and gain valuable work and life experiences. This program is a bilateral arrangement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Slovakia, and there are also opportunities for Canadian youth to travel and work in Slovakia.

Our cooperation

Multilateral

Canada and Slovakia work together through a host of multilateral institutions, including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Canada is deeply committed to the trans-Atlantic relationship and was the first to ratify Slovakia’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Slovakia is deploying 152 soldiers to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group in the Canada-led sector in Latvia, as of July 2018. We have also worked together in peacekeeping missions, including in Afghanistan and in the former Yugoslavia.

Canada warmly welcomed the accession of Slovakia to the European Union, in May 2004. This important event provides additional opportunities for our bilateral relations as Canada and the European Union are engaged in a wide range of cooperation on foreign policy, defence and security, trade and investments, science and technology, justice and home affairs, and people-to-people exchanges. Slovakia played an important role during its Council of the European Union presidency in the second half of 2016, in signing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Trade

The Canada-Slovakia bilateral commercial relationship has been extremely resilient in recent years. Slovakia has been one of the top economic performers in the European Union, and the economic fundamentals remain strong, with GDP growth of 3.3% in both 2016 and 2017. Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Slovakia reached $709 million in 2017, with Canadian exports to Slovakia accounting for $105 million, and Slovak exports to Canada increasing to $604 million.

Slovakia is an attractive investment destination, mainly thanks to political and economic stability, the country’s use of the euro currency, a favourable operating environment with a simple graduated taxation system, a highly skilled and educated labour force and a flexible labour code. Slovakia’s convenient location in the heart of Europe with highly developed rail and road links to the region will continue to render Slovakia attractive to Canadian business and investment interests. The updated Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement between Canada and Slovakia entered into force in March 2012.

A number of Canadian companies have recognized the rich investment potential in Slovakia, and over the past decade, Canadian investment in Slovakia is estimated to have reached between $700 million and $800 million, making Canada one of the top 25 investors in the country.

June 2018


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Date Modified:
2018-06-08