Canada–Greece relations

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Canadian-Greek relations
Map indicating locations of Canada and Greece


Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos; 2013

Canadian-Greek relations are the relations between Canada and Greece. Both countries were the first to change and first exchanged ambassadors in 1942. Both countries are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, NATO and the United Nations. There is a strong Greek community living in Canada.


Greek immigration to Canada began in 1843 when Greek migrants began arriving and settling in Montreal. By 1941, over 5,000 Greek migrants were residing in Canada.[1] During World War II both nations fought alongside each other during the Italian Campaign. In 1942, Canada established diplomatic relations with the Greek government-in-exile.[2] Soon afterwards, both nations opened diplomatic missions in each other's capitals, respectively.

Today, over 243,000 Canadians claim Greek descent.[3] In 2012, both nations celebrated 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between both nations.[2]

List of bilateral treaties and agreements

Greek-Canadian monument in Toronto

Trade relations

Canada's main exports to Greece are paper, furs, machinery, vegetables, aircraft and pharmaceutical products. Canadian merchandise imports from Greece include preserved food products, aluminium, fats and oils, and fertilizers.[3] Greece's business community with relations to Canada and Canadian companies operating in Greece set up the Hellenic-Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 1996, whose mission is to foster the development of business relations between the two countries in trade, finance, services and investments.[3]

Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Greece reached $303 million CAD in 2014. Canadian exports to Greece totaled $117 million CAD, led by furs, vegetables and pharmaceutical products. Greek exports to Canada totaled $186 million CAD in 2014, led by food products, fats, oil (not crude) and iron/steel.

Resident diplomatic missions

See also


  1. ^ Historica Canada: Greeks
  2. ^ a b 70th anniversary of Greek-Canadian diplomatic relations
  3. ^ a b c "Canada-Greece Relations". Archived from the original on 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ "Embassy of Canada in Greece". Archived from the original on 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  5. ^ Embassy of Greece in Canada