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Canada - Thailand Relations

Overview

Canada and Thailand have a dynamic and cooperative bilateral and multilateral relationship that is continuing to expand.

Canada’s first ambassador to Thailand was appointed in 1961 and the first resident ambassador established the Embassy of Canada to Thailand in Bangkok in 1967. Canada is represented in Thailand by a consulate headed by an honourary consul in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

In Canada, Thailand is represented by the Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa, with a Consulate General in Vancouver, and honourary Consulates General in Edmonton, Toronto and Montréal.

Trade

Thailand is currently Canada’s second-largest overall trading partner in the ASEAN region. Bilateral merchandise trade  between Canada and Thailand totalled $4.3 billion in 2018, up from $4 billion in 2017, with $780 million in exports to Thailand and $3.6 billion in imports from Thailand. Meanwhile, bilateral trade in services totalled $416 million in 2017. Of that, $158 million in services were exported from Canada to Thailand and $258 million in services were imported from Thailand to Canada. In addition, Canadian direct investment in Thailand totalled $110 million in 2018, while Thai direct investment in Canada reached $56 million, up from $53 million the previous year.

People-to-people ties

Canada and Thailand enjoy growing people-to-people ties. Thailand is a popular tourist destination for Canadians, with more than 250,000 visiting the country annually. It is estimated that more than 6,000 Canadians are living in Thailand and close to 20,000 Thai citizens visited Canada in 2018. Academic relations are an important part of the bilateral relationship, with many Canadian universities having long-standing cooperation agreements with Thai academic institutions.

Development

Canada has been an active partner in fostering Thailand’s economic, social and democratic development. Since bilateral relations were established in 1961, Canada has contributed more than $450 million to Thailand through our bilateral assistance program. Although this program has since ended, Canada continues to promote the advancement of human rights and inclusive governance in the country, notably through the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). The Embassy of Canada to Thailand works closely with local civil society organizations, academic and diplomatic partners, and government agencies to promote:

  • freedom of expression and assembly;
  • the rule of law;
  • gender equality;
  • women’s rights;
  • the protection of human rights defenders;
  • the rights of LGBTI communities; and,
  • the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

The Embassy is also working with other Canadian missions in the region, including our Mission to ASEAN, to advance Canada’s regional and global foreign policy priorities. We also work actively with Thailand through the United Nations on issues such as peacekeeping, women, peace and security, and regional security.

September 2019


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Date Modified:
2019-09-06