Canada - Croatia Relations

Canada and Croatia established diplomatic ties in 1993. This followed Croatia’s declaration of independence in 1991 from the former Yugoslavia.

Canada is represented in Croatia by its embassy in Zagreb. Croatia has an embassy in Ottawa and a consulate general in Mississauga.

Political relations

Croatia’s positions on international issues align well with Canada’s. The two countries have had similar voting patterns on human rights issues within international bodies, such as at the UN. In March 2009, Canada lifted the visa requirement for Croatian citizens travelling to Canada. Canada supported Croatia’s integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions and welcomed Croatia’s membership in NATO in 2009 and to the European Union in 2013.

Bilateral agreements

Canada and Croatia signed a youth mobility arrangement in May 2010 that lead to the start of the International Experience Canada program for Croatian youth. The youth mobility arrangement helps Canadian and Croatian youths between the ages of 18 and 35 obtain work permits in each country. This lets Canadian and Croatian youth travel and work abroad in either country for a period of up to 12 months.

Canada and Croatia signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation in 1999. The two governments also signed a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement in 1997.

Commercial relations

Bilateral commercial relations between Canada and Croatia are modest but growing every year. The Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Toronto and the Canadian-Croatian Business Network in Zagreb have been active in promoting bilateral trade and organizing trade missions. Croatian-Canadians play a key role in developing trade and investment opportunities in both countries.

Croatia has been a strong supporter of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and became the third EU Member state to ratify CETA at the national level, on June 30, 2017. As an inclusive trade agreement, CETA addresses or eliminates barriers in virtually all sectors and aspects of Canada-Croatia bilateral trade, increases jobs and promotes new commercial opportunities for Canadian and Croatian businesses.

Defence cooperation

Croatia is a valued Ally that has served alongside the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and other NATO missions and plays an important role in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence.  Royal Canadian Navy ships regularly visit Croatian ports, including HMCS Charlottetown in November 2017 and HMCS Ville de Québec in December 2018.

May 2019