Canada unveils its pavilion concept for Expo 2025 Osaka

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October 30 - Osaka, Japan - Global Affairs Canada

World Expos provide a unique opportunity for governments, companies, international organizations, and citizens to share ideas, innovate, collaborate, and celebrate ingenuity.

Today on the margins of the Team Canada Trade Mission to Japan, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, participated in the concept unveiling for the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka.

The Canada Pavilion will embrace the natural cycles of Canada’s seasons, including the thaw of frozen riverways at the onset of spring. The pavilion’s exterior architecture is inspired by these spring-time ice formations, while inside, a dynamic public presentation will invite visitors to follow a river’s journey across the country.

Canada’s participation at Expo 2025 Osaka is an opportunity to celebrate the longstanding close ties between Canada and Japan and deliver on our Indo-Pacific Strategy.

The Expo will deepen commercial ties between Canada and Japan, while promoting Canadian innovation and its attractiveness as a destination for business and investment.


“Canada has been working hard back home and here in Japan to advance Canada Pavilion plans. The Canada Pavilion will showcase Canada as an excellent place to invest, do business, generate new opportunities for economic growth and empower future generations.”

- Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development

“Canada is pleased to partner with Japan for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai and build on longstanding cultural, economic and people-to-people ties between Japan and Canada.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I’m delighted to have members of the Canada Pavilion creative team here in Osaka, along with friends of Canada in Japan, to join in presenting this first glimpse of the concept for the Canada Pavilion on the road to Expo 2025 Osaka.”

- Laurie Peters, Commissioner General for Canada at Expo 2025 Osaka

Quick facts

  • Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai will take place in Osaka, Japan from April 13, 2025 to October 13, 2025. The theme is "Designing Future Society for Our Lives". A focus for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai is global collaboration and progress in the context of fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over 150 countries and international organizations are expected to participate and up to 28 million visits are anticipated over the six-month event.

  • Released in November 2022, Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy sets out the importance of Canada’s bilateral relationship with Japan, Canada’s only G7 partner in the Indo-Pacific. The strategy identifies Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai as a key initiative to showcase Canadian innovation, resources, investment and education to Japan and the broader Indo-Pacific region.

  • Previously, Canada participated in the International Exhibition in Dubai, UAE from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. It was the first world fair in both the Middle East and the Arabic-speaking world and recorded over 24 million visits

  • In May 2021, Canada and Japan agreed on six areas of bilateral cooperation that will advance common interests in the Indo-Pacific region. These six areas are the rule of law; peacekeeping operations, peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; energy security; health security and responding to COVID-19; free trade promotion and trade agreement implementation; and the environment and climate change.

  • With a gross domestic product of $5.5 trillion in 2022, Japan is the world’s third-largest national economy, and one of Canada’s most important economic and commercial partners. Japan is also Canada’s largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indo-Pacific, with stock valued at $40.7 billion in 2022.

  • Canadian investment in Japan is also significant and diverse. There are Canadian companies operating in the country, across a variety of sectors, including in the automotive, information and communications technologies, financial services, and forestry sectors.

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