Canada - Montenegro Relations

Following Montenegro’s referendum of May 21, 2006, Canada recognized the country’s independence in June, 2006. Canada and Montenegro established diplomatic relations in September, 2006.

Overview

In Montenegro, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada to Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Montenegro is formally represented in Canada by an Embassy in Washington, D.C. Montenegro opened a Consulate and appointed an Honorary Consul in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2010 and in Toronto in 2017.

Canada and Montenegro enjoy good relations. Canada supports Montenegro’s important role in contributing to political stability in southeast Europe. The two countries also enjoy a growing trade and investment relationship, as well as an increasing number of academic and cultural exchanges.

Montenegro received EU candidate status in December, 2010 and joined NATO in June, 2017.

Canadian Development Assistance

In 2009, the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) closed its office in the Western Balkans. During its final year of operations, CIDA distributed $620,000 to programs in Montenegro. CIDA focused much of its assistance in Montenegro on issues related to health, education and gender equality.

Canada, through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, continues to provide international assistance in Montenegro. The Fund aids local partners in Montenegro with projects that build respect for the rule of law and human rights, increase public engagement and combat corruption.

Military and Defence Cooperation

In 2007, Canada was the leading provider of financial assistance to a NATO project that helped Montenegro destroy its stockpile of anti-personnel landmines.

Since 2007, Montenegro has participated in the Department of National Defence’s Military Training and Co-operation Program (MTCP). MTCP trains officers in:

  • Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Peace-support operations
  • Civil and military affairs
  • Staff duties and professional development

MTCP has trained more than 90 Montenegrin officers to date.

Trade and Investment

In 2017, Canada’s total goods traded with Montenegro was worth $8.5 million (up from $3.9 million in 2016). Canadian exports to Montenegro were valued at $5.3 million (up from $3.3 million). Canadian exports to Montenegro consisted of:

  • Fish and seafood
  • Vegetable products
  • Vehicles and transport equipment
  • Food products

In 2017, Canada’s imports from Montenegro were valued at $3.2 million, up from $599,000 in 2016. These imports mostly comprised:

  • Electrical machinery and equipment
  • Beverages (including wines)
  • Vegetable products
  • Furniture