Canada – Honduras Relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada and Honduras’ friendship spans more than half a century, having maintained diplomatic relations since 1961 and is reinforced by shared ties, including as members of the Organization of American States.

Canada works with Honduras on gender equality, economic opportunities, democracy strengthening, inclusive governance, while supporting the fight against impunity and corruption. 

In doing so, Canada contributes to the protection and promotion of the rights of the most vulnerable, including women and girls, Indigenous people, Afro-descendants and rural communities. Honduras is also an important bilateral trading partner in Central America.

Looking to the future, Canada remains committed to support Honduras’ efforts towards building a more inclusive, democratic and secure society.

In Honduras, Canada is represented by the Office of the Embassy in Tegucigalpa which oversees Canada’s overall priorities in Honduras, including Canada’s international assistance. It also provides full consular services to Canadian citizens.

The Ambassador of Canada to Honduras resides in the Embassy of Canada in San José, Costa Rica.

Political relations

Canada and Honduras maintain friendly government relations, with Canadian engagement focusing on the promotion of human rights, gender equality, migration and governance, including justice and democracy strengthening, and support efforts to fight corruption.

Canada also supports small-scale, high-impact projects through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), a program which facilitates partnership with local partners such as civil society organizations, to make progress on the above themes.

Education

Canada is the number 2 destination after the United States for Honduran students looking for English international education. In 2020 there were 245 Honduran students holding study permits for programs in Canada.

Canada also supports Honduras in education efforts through scholarships and awards. The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) offers short-term scholarship opportunities for students from Latin America and the Caribbean to study or conduct research in Canada. Academic agreements like the ELAP help grow research and student exchanges. For a complete list of available scholarships, visit the International Scholarships Program.

Trade relations

The Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement entered into force in October 2014. The annual bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Honduras in 2020 was $423 million, compared with $278.6 million in 2013.

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Development

Through Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada’s international assistance in Honduras advances an inclusive, feminist agenda that promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the promotion and protection of human rights, including women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, inclusive economic growth, democratic and inclusive governance, and increased climate action to improve the lives of the poorest, marginalized and most vulnerable, particularly women and girls, youth, migrants, Indigenous people and Afro-descendants.

Canada is also committed to addressing the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement as well as the exacerbating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its international development program, Canada continues to work towards 2030 to realize the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Canada also supports Honduras with humanitarian assistance to respond to natural disasters and food insecurity.

In 2019-2020, Canada contributed CAD$ 33.5 million in international assistance from all aid channels to Honduras.

Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Honduras work closely in multilateral fora, such as: