Canada – Nicaragua Relations

Positive and longstanding development cooperation and the increasing trade and investment relationship are central to bilateral relations between Canada and Nicaragua.

Canada is represented in Nicaragua by the Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica and through a Development program Office in Managua. In addition to managing the Development Cooperation Program with Nicaragua, the Program Office also provides full consular services to Canadians. The Ambassador is based at the Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica, where the other embassy services are also provided and managed, such as general commercial and diplomatic relations. Nicaragua is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa.

Canada has had a development program in Nicaragua since 1971. Canada’s bilateral programming is aligned with Canada’s feminist international assistance policy and currently focuses on sustainable economic growth through rural economic development and support to children and youth, and particularly securing opportunities for youth. Canadian development programming in Nicaragua is aligned with the country’s priorities as illustrated in the National Plan for Human Development. In 2015-2016, Canada contributed $22.24 million in Official Development Assistance to Nicaragua from all aid channels. Specific details on Canadian international assistance in Nicaragua can be found here.

Canada and Nicaragua have a healthy trade and investment relationship. In 2017, two-way merchandise trade reached $168 million. Canadian exports totalled $40.9 million in 2017, including copper wire, clothing and textile articles, and paper products. Canada imported $127 million including clothing, coffee, sugar, and other food products.

The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) provides short term scholarship opportunities for students from Latin America and the Caribbean to study or conduct research in Canada. The program is based upon Canadian and Nicaraguan institutional linkages, which facilitate the creation of scholarship opportunities. These academic agreements help foster research collaboration and student exchanges. Nicaraguan students participate in exchange opportunities for study or research at the college, undergraduate and graduate level through various programs in Canada, including the ELAP. In addition to the ELAP scholarships, Nicaraguan students are encouraged to apply for other Canadian awards open to all international students including the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. For a full list of opportunities, visit

May 2018

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