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Canada-Czech Republic Relations

Bilateral relations

Canada and the Czech Republic have a positive bilateral relationship, strengthened by our shared commitments as NATO allies. The warm welcome offered by Canada to Czechoslovak political refugees in 1948 and 1968, steadfast support for dissidents throughout the Communist period, and the support provided by Canada in the early 1990s when the Czech Republic was quickly modernizing, also fortify the bilateral relationship. Canadian and Czech troops work and train side-by-side in the Canada-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup Latvia.

There are more than 100,000 Canadians with some Czech heritage. Canada received multiple waves of Czechoslovak immigration before and after the two World Wars.

Canada and the Czech Republic regularly cooperate in multilateral organizations, based on common values and approaches on issues such as support for human rights and democracy. The Czech Republic is a member of the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) intergovernmental network, which Canada co-chaired with Chile from 2017 to 2019. The ERC works to promote the human rights of LGBTI persons globally. The Czech Republic is also a member of the Media Freedom Coalition and has endorsed the Canada-led Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations.

Trade

Canadian exports to the Czech Republic in 2018 totaled $277.6 million, largely made up of aircraft and parts, machinery, electronics and electrical machinery and equipment. In the same year, Canadian imports from the Czech Republic totaled $772.7 million, and consisted principally of machinery (e.g. turbines, road rollers, backhoes, and electric tools), electronics and electrical machinery and equipment, iron and steel products (mostly train rails)..

Canadian companies active in the Czech Republic include Magna International and KSR (auto parts), Bombardier Transportation (light rail), Bell Helicopter (parts and maintenance-repair-overhaul), OMERS (gas transit), Macco Organiques Inc. (chemicals), Molson Coors (beverages), OpenText, CGI and Adastra (ICT), Fairfax (Insurance), and Apotex (pharmaceuticals).

Multilateral partnerships

Trade and investment agreements


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Date Modified:
2021-05-31