Canada - Bahamas Relations
Canada and The Bahamas enjoy a constructive and multifaceted relationship, based on a shared Commonwealth history. Canada and The Bahamas also work closely in multilateral forums such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States
The Bahamas benefits from Canadian partnerships to enhance their security through programs such as the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program, which includes training opportunities for Bahamian law enforcement personnel.
The Bahamas, a member of CARICOM, also benefits from Canada’s Caribbean Regional Development Program – a $600 million, twelve-year program announced in 2007. The three priority areas under which projects are developed include; sustainable economic development, justice sector reform and disaster mitigation. In particular, The Bahamas are included in regional projects to promote Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Economic Growth.
Trade and Investment
Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and the Bahamas in 2017 totaled $232 million dollars, an increase of 72 percent since 2016, making The Bahamas Canada’s sixth largest trading partner in the Caribbean, but fourth largest in CARICOM. The Bahamas was Canada’s second largest export market in the CARICOM in 2017, after Trinidad and Tobago. Canadian exports, valued at $219 million dollars, rose by almost 81% over 2016 levels. The majority of these exports were: mineral fuels and oils ($183 million), prepared vegetables, fruits and nuts, furniture and bedding, milling products, pharmaceutical products and machinery.
In 2017, Canada imported merchandise valued at $12.9 million dollars from the Bahamas. The most important products were organic chemicals, fish and seafood, and salt.
Two way trade in services in 2016 was $366 million dollars with Canadian exports of $137 million dollars and imports of $229 million dollars. Canadian service providers, especially in education development and construction services, are making increasing inroads.
People to People Links
Canadian universities and colleges are a destination of choice for many Bahamian students, and partnerships have been formed between the College of The Bahamas and various Canadian institutions. Many Bahamian students have received Government of Canada scholarships since 2007. Information on available scholarships can be found on the Scholarships website.
The Bahamas receives tens of thousands Canadian tourists annually and has a large resident Canadian community. These interactions encourage ongoing positive relations between our two countries.
Canada established diplomatic relations with the Bahamas in 1973 after they achieved independence. The Bahamas is represented in Canada by the High Commission of the Bahamas in Ottawa.
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