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Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation National Day Message from The Consul General of Canada

Dear Hong Kong and Macao friends,

It is my great pleasure to extend my best wishes to each of you as we mark an important milestone - Canada’s 150th Birthday.  It is our distinct privilege to share this significant moment with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as we also recognize the 20th anniversary of its Establishment Day.

This year, Canada invites you to join the Canada 150 celebrations as we continue to offer the world a premier destination to visit, study, work, invest and live. The major Canada 150 themes are: diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, environment and youth.  Here in Hong Kong, one of Consulate General’s Canada 150 goals is to promote Canada as an innovative, competitive and welcoming nation.

Not only do we have the same July 1 birthday, Canada and Hong Kong share similar Commonwealth values – a deep respect for human rights, diversity, fundamental freedoms, good governance and the rule of law. All of these form the foundation of the close cooperation between Canada and Hong Kong.

In 2017, Canadians in Hong Kong and Macao are celebrating Canada’s extraordinary partnership with the two Special Administrative Regions with the theme “Coast to Coast to Coast”. A well-deserved tribute that is reflected in many of the success stories of Canadians in Hong Kong and Macao, who strive to build stronger ties between Canada, Hong Kong and Macao. With 300,000 Canadians living in the city, Hong Kong boasts one of the largest Canadian Diasporas globally and there is no other city in the world outside of Canada with such a significant, influential and dynamic Canadian community.

Another key element of the Canada-Hong Kong relationship is our robust bilateral trade and investment ties. The Canada-Hong Kong Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement entered into force in September 2016, providing investors assurance of fair and equitable treatment. On the innovation front, the Consulate General hosted our first Fintech Partnering Development Mission in January 2017, with the participation of six Canadian Fintech companies.

Canada remains attractive to Hongkongers, as demonstrated by the over 4,000 young people who choose Canada each year as their study destination, making Hong Kong Canada’s 18th largest source of international students. Canada continues to welcome outstanding students from around the world, who not only enrich our institutions and communities, but make Canada more innovative and competitive.

We look back to the past year with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Many important Canadian dignitaries have visited the city, all eager to solidify our unique relationship. They include the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, as well as Canadian Ministers responsible for International Trade, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

I believe that we are poised for an era of even greater significance between Canada and Hong Kong. I look forward to your continued support such that the robust and dynamic ties between Canada and Hong Kong can continue to grow and strengthen for another 150 years.

Happy Canada Day and Canada 150! Bonne fête du Canada et Canada 150!

Jeff Nankivell
Consul General


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