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Fact Sheet for Aruba, (PDF Version *, 64 KB)

Aruba

Aruba is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is responsible for the conduct of Aruba’s foreign affairs, including with Canada.

Canada is represented in Aruba by the Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in The Hague. Aruba is represented in Canada by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ottawa and its Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver. Practical matters, such as consular assistance to Canadians in Aruba and Canada-Aruba trade and investment files, are covered by the Embassy of Canada in Bogota, Colombia. Canada’s Honorary Consul in Curaçao also represents Canadian consular interests in Aruba.

Tourism is the most important sector in the Aruban economy. In 2017, approximately 47,000 Canadians visited Aruba, making Canada the second largest tourist market (in terms of arrivals) for the island. In 2018, 1,565 tourists from Aruba visited Canada. Direct flights between Canada and Aruba operate year-round. Merchandise trade between Canada and Aruba totalled $12, 9 million in 2018. Merchandise exports to Aruba amounted to $12, 7 million and included furniture, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and other food products. Also in 2018, Canada imported $174 thousand worth of merchandise from Aruba, mostly cosmetic products and perfumes. A limited number of Canadian companies have been active in the clean technology, agriculture and construction sectors in Aruba.

Education ties between the two countries continue to expand. The Aruban Ministry of Education has signed Memoranda of Understanding with seven Canadian universities and colleges:  Bishop’s University, Brescia University, Carleton University, Humber College, Niagara College, Centennial College of Canada, Seneca College, and Brescia University College.

Through Operation CARIBBE, Canada cooperates with Aruba in the multinational anti-drug campaign Operation Martillo, which targets illicit trafficking routes in the Caribbean. Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP also maintain a working relationship with their Aruban counterparts. Through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program, Canada supports INTERPOL’s cybercrime capacity building efforts in the Caribbean, including Aruba. 

Canada and Aruba maintain a Tax Information Exchange Agreement and Air Transport Agreement. The Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters is also applicable to Aruba. 

Curaçao

Curaçao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is responsible for the conduct of Curaçao’s foreign affairs, including with Canada.

Canada is represented in Curaçao by the Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in The Hague. Curaçao is represented in Canada by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ottawa and its Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver. Practical matters, such as consular assistance to Canadians in Curaçao and Canada-Curaçao trade and investment files, are covered by the Embassy of Canada in Bogota, Colombia due to its geographic proximity to the island. Canada has an Honorary Consul in Curaçao, who represents Canada’s consular interests there.

Tourism is the most important sector in the Curaçaoan economy. In 2018, approximately 21,000 Canadians visited Curaçao, making Canada the third largest tourist market for the island (in terms of stayovers). According to Statistics Canada, 961 tourists from Curaçao visited Canada in 2018. Direct flights between Canada and Curaçao operate year-round.

Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Curaçao is limited, totalling $15.1 million in 2018. Merchandise exports to Curaçao amounted to $15 million and included machinery, pharmaceuticals, and electric machinery. Canada also imported $80 thousand worth of merchandise from Curaçao in 2018. A limited number of Canadian companies are active in the clean technology, agriculture and construction sectors in Curaçao.

Education ties between the two countries continue to expand. The Curaçaoan Ministry of Education has signed Memoranda of Understanding with Bishop’s University and Brock University in Canada.  

Through Operation CARIBBE, Canada cooperates with Curaçao in the multinational anti-drug campaign Operation Martillo, which targets illicit trafficking routes in the Caribbean. Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP also maintain a working relationship with their Curaçaoan counterparts. Through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program, Canada supports INTERPOL’s cybercrime capacity building efforts in the Caribbean, including Curaçao.  

Canada and Curaçao maintain a Tax Information Exchange Agreement and Air Transport Agreement. The Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters is also applicable to Curaçao.

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is responsible for the conduct of Sint Maarten’s foreign affairs, including with Canada.

Canada is represented in Sint Maarten by the Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in The Hague.  Sint Maarten is represented in Canada by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ottawa and its Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver. Practical matters, such as consular assistance to Canadians in Sint Maarten and Canada-Sint Maarten trade and investment files, are covered by the High Commission of Canada in Barbados. Canada has an Honorary Consul in Sint Maarten to help represent Canadian interests there.

Tourism is the most important sector in Sint Maarten’s economy, which continues to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma in 2017. In 2017, approximately 39,000 Canadians visited Sint Maarten (down from 57,000 in 2016), making Canada the second largest tourist market (in terms of arrivals) for the island. Canadian airlines have resumed direct flights between Canada and Sint Maarten.

Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Sint Maarten is limited, totalling $5.9 million in 2017, the bulk of which consisted of Canadian exports, including beverages, machinery, and motor vehicles & parts. A limited number of Canadian companies are active in the tourism and infrastructure sectors in Sint Maarten.

Through Operation CARIBBE, Canada cooperates with Sint Maarten in the multinational anti-drug campaign Operation Martillo, which targets illicit trafficking routes in the Caribbean. Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP also maintain a working relationship with their Sint Maartener counterparts. Through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program, Canada supports INTERPOL’s cybercrime capacity building efforts in the Caribbean, including Sint Maarten.  

In addition, Canada and Sint Maarten maintain a Tax Information Exchange Agreement. The Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters is also applicable to Sint Maarten.


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Date Modified:
2020-01-16