Canada – North Macedonia relations

The Republic of North Macedonia gained independence in 1991 and since then Canada and North Macedonia have enjoyed positive bilateral relations. In December 2005, North Macedonia received formal candidate status from the European Union.

Overview

Canada is represented in North Macedonia by the Embassy of Canada to Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro in Belgrade, and maintains a consulate in Skopje run by an honorary consul. North Macedonia opened an embassy in Ottawa in 1996.

Military and defence cooperation

With the support of Canada, North Macedonia is in the process of acceding to NATO. North Macedonia is an active participant in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program and provides troops to multilateral peacekeeping operations. North Macedonia contributed personnel to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and now contributes to NATO’s Operation Resolute Support mission.

North Macedonia joined the Department of National Defence’s Military Training Cooperation Program (MTCP) in 1998. MTCP is a program that provides military training and capacity building in the area of peace operations to develop and enhance bilateral defence relations.

Canadian development assistance

Working with both the North Macedonian government and the public, Canada has encouraged political and economic reform in North Macedonia through supporting initiatives. In 2018, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) became available to North Macedonian civil society organizations.

These initiatives promote:

  • human and minority rights
  • democratic development
  • good governance
  • respect for the rule of law
  • public sector capacity building
  • conflict prevention
  • peace-building
  • security sector reform

In 2009, the former Canadian International Development Agency officially closed its office in the Western Balkans, giving $950,000 in funding during its final year of operations in the country.

Trade and investment

Goods traded between Canada and North Macedonia totalled $15.3 million in 2017. Canadian goods exported to North Macedonia declined from $5.8 million in 2015 to $4.1 million in 2017.

The main export category is meat, followed by vehicles and parts. Canadian merchandise imports from North Macedonia totalled $11.2 million in 2017. The main import categories are woven apparel and prepared fruits, vegetables and nuts. 

North Macedonia offers commercial opportunities for Canadian companies in areas such as:

  • mining
  • transportation
  • information and communication technology
  • agri-food
  • tourism
  • environmental technologies
  • construction
  • real estate

February 2019