Canada - Burkina Faso Relations

Diplomatic relations

Canada and Burkina Faso established diplomatic relations in 1962, after Burkina Faso gained its independence in 1960. Bilateral relations between Canada and Burkina Faso are well established and harmonious. The two countries frequently collaborate within the United Nations and La Francophonie—of which they are both members—and through trade relations. Canada is represented in Burkina Faso by an embassy in Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso is represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa and honorary consuls in Montreal; Toronto; Caraquet, New Brunswick; and Vancouver.

Trade and investments

Canada and Burkina Faso have an established trade relationship that holds significant growth potential. Burkina Faso is an emerging market that offers opportunities for Canadian companies in different sectors, including mining, energy (especially renewable energy), agriculture, infrastructure, clean technologies and education. Canada is the largest mining investor in the country with mining assets of over 3 billion dollars. Canadian investments in the mining sector have become an important economic lever for supporting our trade relations and contributing to the economic development of Burkina Faso.  Canadian investments in Burkina Faso were $1 817 million in 2018, with an increasing focus on clean energy, a sector in rapid expansion In 2017, bilateral merchandise trade reached $62 million, of which Canadian exports to Burkina Faso totalled $46.8 million and imports from Burkina Faso totalled $15.5 million. The main import products were mineral products, fruits and preserved food while export products were mainly machinery, vehicles, tools, electrical and electronic equipment, cereals and printed products. A foreign investment promotion and protection agreement between Canada and Burkina Faso came into effect in October 2017. This agreement should further promote and secure investment between the two countries.

Development and humanitarian assistance

Since 2000, the Government of Canada has provided over $765 million in development and international assistance to Burkina Faso. This includes $63.41 million in 2017-2018, of which $52.46 million came from Global Affairs Canada. This support resulted in significant results, particularly in basic education for girls. Canadian priorities in Burkina Faso are guided by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and are built on gender equality and the fostering of girl’s and women’s empowerment. Canada is currently the leading technical and financial partner for gender equality issues in Burkina Faso. See Project Browser for additional information on programming in Burkina Faso.

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July 2019