Canada – Nicaragua Relations
In Nicaragua, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica and through the Office to the Embassy of Canada in Managua. In addition to managing Canada’s bilateral development program with Nicaragua, the Office also provides full consular services to Canadians. Nicaragua maintains an Embassy in Ottawa.
Canada and Nicaragua’s bilateral relationship has historically been based on advancing broad-based mutual prosperity through trade, investment and development.
Nicaragua experienced nationwide civil unrest after anti-government protests in 2018. On June 21, 2019, Canada imposed sanctions on nine key members of the Government of Nicaragua under Canada’s Special Economic Measures Act in response to gross and systematic human rights violations that have been committed in Nicaragua.
Canada has called for a peaceful solution that includes a resumption of dialogue and respect for human rights. Canada continues to work both bilaterally and multilaterally for a lasting resolution.
Canada has had a development program in Nicaragua since 1971. Our bilateral programming is aligned with Canada’s feminist international assistance policy and focuses on sustainable economic growth through rural economic development and support to children and youth. Canadian development programming in Nicaragua is aligned with our priorities as illustrated in the National Plan for Human Development.
In August 2018, due to the deteriorating situation, Canada suspended direct bilateral financial assistance to the Government of Nicaragua in accordance with Global Affairs Canada’s internal development policies. Canada continues to support the people of Nicaragua through projects implemented by non-governmental and international organizations.
Canada and Nicaragua have a stable trade and investment relationship. In 2018, two-way merchandise trade was $152 million. Canadian exports totalled $27 million in 2018, including copper wire, clothing and textile articles, and paper products. Canada imported $125 million including clothing, coffee, sugar, and other food products.
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