Canada - Ethiopia Relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Ethiopia in 1965. In Ethiopia, Canada maintains an embassy in Addis Ababa, which is also accredited to Djibouti. The embassy is also responsible for Canada’s relations with the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, which are both headquartered in Addis Ababa, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, which is headquartered in Djibouti. In Canada, Ethiopia is represented by an embassy in Ottawa.

Ethiopia and Canada share common goals based on development partnership, an open and constructive political dialogue, shared regional security interests and growing commercial ties. Canada values Ethiopia’s contribution in promoting peace and security in East Africa and is encouraged by Ethiopia’s commitment to widening political space, fighting corruption, engaging with youth, and ensuring the full participation of women in Ethiopia’s development. Canada and Ethiopia hold strategic annual bilateral consultations, which cover issues as diverse as foreign policy, trade and investment, innovation, science and technology, the environment and climate change, education and culture.

The Ethiopian diaspora in Canada numbers some 44,000 people.

International assistance

Ethiopia is one of the largest recipients of Canada’s international assistance ($198.15 million in 2017-2018). Canada’s assistance to Ethiopia focuses on:

  • increasing food security and nutritional status among undernourished and food insecure women, men, girls and boys
  • increasing production and profitability among women and men smallholder farmers
  • promoting growth in non-farm employment, particularly for women and youth
  • empowering of women and girls
  • strengthening human rights, governance and democracy
  • increasing resilience to climate change among poor women and men while promoting green economic growth

Ethiopia benefits from Canada’s specific regional programming in Africa, in sectors such as food security, regional trade, natural resource governance and climate change resilience. This includes improving bean productivity markets, in partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, and, in partnership with the African Risk Capacity Agency, using innovative tools—such as climate risk insurance, early warning systems and disaster risk planning—to improve capacity to better plan, prepare and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters caused by climate change. 

Canada also provides funding for humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia. This assistance is channeled through UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations to provide food, safe water and sanitation, treatment for acute malnutrition and other health care, emergency shelter, livelihood support, and protection to vulnerable populations. For further information, please visit the Government of Canada web page Canadian international assistance in Ethiopia.

Commercial relations 

Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Ethiopia totalled over $170 million in 2018. This consisted of $130 million in exports to and $40 million in imports from Ethiopia.

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June 2019