Canada - Bolivia Relations

Canada and Bolivia have enjoyed official diplomatic bilateral relations since 1961. The Embassy of Canada to Peru is cross-accredited to Bolivia. Canada also has an Embassy (Program office) in La Paz which focuses on development cooperation and Consular assistance. The two Embassies have been working to expand and strengthen cooperation in development, Indigenous issues, the environment, responsible resource management, commercial relations, educational exchanges and people-to-people ties. Bolivia is represented in Canada by the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Ottawa and maintains Consulates General in Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Quebec City.

Canada's development assistance is a key component of the bilateral relationship. Canada's bilateral development program is aligned with Bolivia’s national plan for social and economic development 2015-2020, and its priorities of poverty eradication, health and sustainable economic growth. Canada’s development cooperation projects benefitting Bolivia, through all channels, amount on average to over $15 million per year. In addition, Canada invests in multilateral organizations and funds benefitting Bolivia. Current development programming is focused on women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and inclusive green growth. The majority of initiatives work to a significant degree with Indigenous communities. Canadian NGOs are particularly active in the country and around 100 Canadian technical experts share expertise with Bolivia every year.

In 2017, bilateral trade between Canada and Bolivia totaled $328.27 million. Canadian exports totaled $53.92 million (mainly in vehicles, machinery, paper products, scientific and precision instruments and chemical products). Canadian imports totaled $274.35 million (mainly in mineral ores, metals and precious stones and vegetables).

For more information on Canadian development programming in Bolivia, including a list of projects and stories from the field, please visit the Government of Canada’s web site.

For information on the work of the Trade Commissioner Service in Bolivia, please visit the Trade Commissioner site.

May 2018