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Canada-Georgia Relations

Diplomatic relations

Canada and Georgia enjoy friendly relations. Canada has noted the progress that Georgia has made in strengthening its democratic institutions. Canada remains steadfast in its support for Georgian territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders and supports the Geneva International Discussions as the best mechanism for dialogue over the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The Embassy of Canada in Ankara, Turkey, represents Canada in Georgia. Since 2011, Canada has also been represented by an honorary consul in Tbilisi, Georgia. Georgia is represented in Canada by an embassy in Ottawa.

Military and defence cooperation

Canada is a strong supporter of Georgia’s eventual membership in NATO. In 2014, NATO allies agreed on the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package—measures that will help Georgia strengthen its defence and interoperability with NATO forces, and further its preparations toward membership in NATO.

Georgia has been part of Canada's Military Training and Cooperation Program (MTCP) since 2012. The MTCP offers bilateral development assistance programs to developing non-NATO countries. Among other objectives, the MTCP aims to:

  • promote democratic principles, the rule of law, the protection of human rights and international stability,
  • promote Canadian bilateral foreign and defense relations,
  • build peace support operational capacity among Canada's peacekeeping partners.

The three pillars of the MTCP program are language training, staff training and professional development, and peace support operations training.

Georgia was the largest non-NATO troop contributor to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, providing over 1,500 troops until the mission concluded in 2014.

Trade and investments

Canada’s bilateral trade with Georgia was over $83 million in 2017, slightly higher than in 2016. Canadian exports to Georgia were $43 million in 2017 while imports from Georgia were $40 million.

There is limited Canadian investment in Georgia and few Canadian companies operate there. In October 2011, Export Development Canada signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia to further promote economic relations between Canada and Georgia.

Development and humanitarian assistance

Following Georgia’s August 2008 conflict with Russia, Canada committed to humanitarian assistance and a joint funding project with the United States, establishing and expanding the Explosive Remnants of War Coordination Center in Georgia. Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Canada supports the development of civil society, including human rights and democratic developments in Georgia. Projects have focused primarily on promoting the integration of religious and ethnic minorities, and fostering human rights, particularly those of LGBTQ2 and women.

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Date Modified:
2018-07-04