Canada–El Salvador relations

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The year 2018 marks the 57th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and El Salvador. The Salvadoran diaspora in Canada is one of the largest from Latin America.

El Salvador is represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa and consulates in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Canada is represented in El Salvador by an embassy in San Salvador.

Canada has supported multilateral and bilateral security and anti-crime initiatives in El Salvador through different programs. Canada supports the British Columbia-based Justice Education Society in creating productive relationships with the Salvadoran Attorney General’s Office and National Civil Police. These relationships allow the Justice Education Society to provide specialized equipment and technical training in investigation and crime scene processing practices. Currently, Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program is funding projects in El Salvador focused on:

  • security sector reform
  • money laundering
  • human trafficking
  • illicit drugs
  • cybercrime

Two-way goods traded between Canada and El Salvador increased by 29.6% in 2017, totalling $164.6 million.

Canadian goods exported to El Salvador in 2017 totalled $59.1 million, a 0.9% decrease from 2016. The goods exported included paper and paperboard, plastics, fats and oils, and machinery.

Goods imported from El Salvador in 2017 totalled $105.5 million—an increase of 56.6% from 2016—and included sugar, clothing and coffee.

The total amount of Canadian direct investment in El Salvador was $965 million in 2016.

Canada also supports El Salvador 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 such as the ELAP help grow research relationships and student exchanges. In addition to the ELAP scholarships, Salvadoran 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 complete list of available scholarships, visit International Scholarships Program.

July 2018