Minister Joly to attend Summit of the Americas and visit California

News release

June 5, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will travel to Los Angeles, United States, from June 6 to 10, to join Prime Minister Trudeau at the ninth Summit of the Americas and have meetings with key stakeholders in Los Angeles.

Minister Joly will meet with her counterparts from the region, government officials, civil society representatives, and members of the private sector. She will discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities in the region today, including health, climate change, democracy, gender equality, irregular migration, and underscore Canada’s engagement and priorities in the region. Minister Joly will further engage with key regional leaders to raise awareness of the importance of women’s equal participation in leadership and decision-making as crucial to strengthening democracy, and advancing women’s rights and gender equality.

While in Los Angeles, the Minister will virtually participate in RightsCon to discuss how Canada and the Freedom Online Coalition are advancing digital inclusion and upholding democracy and human rights in the digital age. She will also engage key experts and decision makers to strengthen relations with the U.S. and California, a key commercial partner for Canada and ally in combatting climate change.

On the margins of the Summit, Minister Joly will hold a North American Foreign Ministers’ Trilateral Meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, to discuss mutual efforts on global security issues as well as progress towards the next North American Leaders’ Summit.


“Canada is committed to building a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future for all, and the Summit of the Americas is a unique opportunity to engage with our partners in the region on these shared interests. I look forward to the opportunity to deepen bilateral relationships to build a strong, secure, economically prosperous, progressive and staunchly democratic hemisphere.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • The most recent Summit of the Americas was hosted by Peru in Lima in 2018.

  • Canada hosted the third Summit of the Americas in Quebec City in 2001.

  • The Canada-United States partnership is forged by shared geography, values, and interests, deep personal connections, and powerful, multi-layered economic ties. Canada and the United States enjoy the largest trading relationship in the world. Canada and the United States also share a deep and longstanding bilateral defence partnership, providing both countries with greater security than could be achieved individually.

  • On February 23, 2022, Canada and the United States celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership, reaffirming the special nature of our relationship, and our commitment to working closely together in the interests of the collective security and prosperity of our citizens based on the principles of democracy, diversity, and equity.

  • The Summit of the Americas provides an opportunity to chart a common vision for the region’s future which will inform the work of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American system. Canada’s engagement in the Americas is a priority and our membership in the OAS is an integral part of this engagement.

  • Canada shares many connections with countries and peoples of Latin America, including people-to-people ties, shared values, trade and investment, student exchanges, and tourism.

  • Canada has longstanding ties and robust relationships with Caribbean countries, including our partnership on development challenges and regional security. We share values including democracy, human rights, and the rule of law with our Commonwealth, Francophonie, and other partners.

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