Factsheet : Israel

Official Title:
State of Israel


General Information

Capital: See Type of Government*
Population (million): 8.88
Total Area: 20,325km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 2.77 New Shekel (ILS) (2018- Annual average)
National Holiday: Independence Day, the 5th of Iyar (April 29, 2020)
Language(s): Hebrew, Arabic


Political Information

Type of State:
Parliamentary republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral Knesset or Parliament (120 seat, members elected by proportional representation to serve four-year terms). * While Israel designates Jerusalem as its capital, Canada believes that the final status of the city needs to be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians. At present, Canada maintains its Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Head of State:
President Reuven Rivlin

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Yisrael Katz
Finance: Moshe Kahlon
Economy and Industry : Eli Cohen

Main Political Parties:
Blue and White (33), Likud (32), Joint List (13), Shas (9), Yisrael Beiteinu (8), Yamina (7), United Torah Judaism (7), Labor-Gesher (6), Democratic Union (5)

Elections:
Next: March 3, 2020


Economic Information (2018)

Comparative figures
Type Israel Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 480.32 2,222.58
GDP per capita: ($) 54,083.22 60,078.85
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.28 1.83
Inflation: (%) 0.82 2.24
Unemployment: (%) 3.98 5.82

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $355,204,997
Canadian imports from country: $1,317,753,693
FDI in Canada (2018) : $181 million
CDI in country (2018): $268 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Vacant

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Deborah Lyons


February 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Israel
Year Exports Imports
2015 $342,493,945 $1,208,326,074
2016 $423,107,668 $1,293,595,976
2017 $450,518,697 $1,287,023,325
2018 $504,809,474 $1,396,739,538
2019 $355,204,997 $1,317,753,693
Product trade (2019)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Israel
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $11,313,123 $808,521
02 Veg. Prod. $26,522,323 $54,597,310
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $280,293 $3,304,189
04 Food Prod. $23,368,692 $23,147,029
05 Mineral Prod. $465,336 $2,015,334
06 Chemical Prod. $52,308,159 $247,761,858
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $5,212,675 $102,596,848
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $183,554 $129,872
09 Wood Prod. $889,424 $418,106
10 Paper Prod. $31,191,941 $5,758,408
11 Textiles Prod. $6,958,805 $48,305,242
12 Dress Access. $152,804 $5,124,020
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $900,721 $43,522,952
14 Precious Metals/stones $18,186,209 $88,284,214
15 Base Metal Prod. $7,353,519 $102,581,611
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $95,793,340 $357,398,506
17 Vehicles and Equip. $28,652,489 $33,882,115
18 Specialized Inst. $33,596,443 $152,275,004
19 Arms & Ammunition $1,942,475 $6,774,788
20 Misc. Articles $3,918,311 $28,408,988
21 Antiques $108,737 $860,176