Foreign Affairs Minister to attend ASEAN meeting
“As a Pacific nation, Canada is proud to work with our ASEAN partners to support initiatives that foster peace, security and prosperity for people in the region. We will continue to work together on feminist foreign and development policies, inclusive trade and deeper engagement between our peoples.”
- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Canada’s status as a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN. Canada is one of only 10 countries with this important level of partnership.
The Philippines is the chair of ASEAN in 2017 and is responsible for coordinating ASEAN’s relationship with external partners, including Canada, a responsibility it will hold until 2018.
Canada partners with ASEAN on a wide range of issues from tackling climate change to counterterrorism. Ongoing cooperation with ASEAN since 2011 is valued at over $90 million.
ASEAN countries are an important source of immigration to Canada. In 2015, over 55,000 new permanent residents came to Canada from ASEAN countries. In 2015, the Philippines was Canada’s top source of new permanent residents.
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