Message from the Ambassador
Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Canada in Chile, a fascinating country where I have the honour to represent Canada since 2017.
I have the privilege of serving in Chile at a time when our relationship is stronger than ever. In these past few years, I have witnessed the vibrant relationship between Canada and Chile: we aim to create more inclusive, safe, and prosperous societies that improve the quality of life of our citizens.
Both countries have a lot to be proud of: the historic Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Chile (CCFTA) came into force more than 20 years ago, in 1997. This is Canada's oldest free trade agreement in the region and the first for Chile with a foreign nation. This agreement has allowed our bilateral trade to quadruple, reaching nearly $3 billion Canadian. In 2018, the agreement was updated to include, among other things, a new chapter on trade and gender equality, the first of its kind for Canada, paving the way for more sectors of our societies to take advantage of benefits of international trade, especially for women and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Climate change and environmental protection are another cornerstone of our collaboration. Through the Canada-Chile Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, established in 1997, we are working with Chile to advance the commitments of the Paris Agreement, and reduce plastic pollution and its impact on the oceans, among other issues. Likewise, it has been very important to promote the use of clean and responsible technologies to reflect the interdependence between environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Canada will actively participate in the next Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP25) to be held in Chile in December 2019.
The defense of democracy and its institutions is essential for Canada. In the region, we have joined efforts with our Lima Group partners, including Chile, to promote a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela. We are also working to strengthen the role of multilateral agencies such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum and the United Nations.
In the field of education, Chile has become a strategic partner for Canada. Every year, academic and student exchanges between the two countries intensify. Since 2016, the number of visas and study permits granted to Chilean students has increased by more than 25%, reflecting the excellence of Canada's academic and research institutions. I am pleased to see that the Canada-Chile Alumni Network has already more than 400 members among professionals, academics and researchers who have studied in Canada.
In the cultural field, exchanges between Canada and Chile are growing every year: Canadian world-class productions and artists, in various disciplines such as music, circus, theater, dance, cinema, and street art, among others, bring to Chile new world-class Canadian productions.
New online services are simplifying procedures and travel between citizens of both countries. Canadian tourism in Chile has continued to grow. More and more Canadians are traveling to Chile to discover its beautiful landscapes, to work or to study, and more Chileans are visiting Canada.
Our Embassy team works with passion to bring our countries closer together. I invite you to browse the website to find out more about our activities, as well as other aspects of Canada's bilateral relations with Chile, and the various services and information offered by the Embassy. This includes the provision of consular assistance to Canadian citizens in Chile, assistance for Canadian companies interested in the Chilean market, and information about opportunities to study in Canada.
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