Canada - Kazakhstan Relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan in 1992. Kazakhstan is represented in Canada by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ottawa. Canada is represented in Kazakhstan by the Embassy of Canada to Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan. Immigration and visa applications by Kazakh citizens are processed by the Canadian embassies in Warsaw and Moscow.

Canada and Kazakhstan enjoy strong bilateral relations that continue to deepen. Kazakhstan is an important regional player and a strong partner for Canada in many multilateral forums and international organizations, including the UN, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization.

Canada is a strong supporter of Kazakhstan’s 100 Concrete Steps Initiative, and Canada regularly shares its models and experience in a variety of sectors, including public-sector reform, immigration policy and economic reform. Canada is also committed to supporting the development of Kazakhstan’s vocational and technical education system, and Canadian post-secondary institutions are recruiting students in Kazakhstan, providing an opportunity for Kazakh students to study in Canada. The Canadian Embassy to Kazakhstan, in Nur-Sultan, manages the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives program, through which funding assistance is provided to local NGOs active in Kazakhstan.

Trade and investment

Kazakhstan is Canada’s largest commercial partner in Central Asia. In Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, Kazakhstan is designated as a priority emerging market with a range of opportunities for Canadian companies.

Kazakhstan has 15% of the world’s uranium resources and in 2009, replaced Canada as the top uranium producer. With 3.2% of the world’s petroleum reserves, Kazakhstan is also a growing player in energy security and is asserting itself as a key alternative source of supply to EU and East Asian markets.

Agriculture continues to be an important sector for Canada–Kazakhstan bilateral relations, with particular focus on agricultural machinery and cattle. Increasingly, Canadian companies are providing valued guidance on farm management and all points along the agricultural value chain.

In 2017, Canadian bilateral merchandise trade with Kazakhstan was $623 million, down from $772 million in 2016. Canadian exports were $141.8 million, consisting mainly of aerospace products, agricultural equipment and oil and gas machinery. Canadian imports were $482.1 million, consisting mainly of crude oil. Canadian foreign direct investment in Kazakhstan stood at $1.4 billion in 2017.

July 2018