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Political cooperation


Political cooperation

The ties that bind Italy and Canada date back to the Age of Exploration and the voyages of Giovanni Caboto. They were followed and further strengthened by the great waves of Italian immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and by the determining role of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Italian Campaign during the Second World War. Bilateral relations were cemented by the two countries’ memberships in NATO, founded in 1949, and by their shared views in international bodies and organizations.

The two Governments consult regularly in the framework of the G7, the G20, and the United Nations. They hold similar positions on international topics and on issues pertaining to the protection of human rights (the fight against female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage, the defence of religious freedom, and the protection of children.) Italy, which has a long tradition of scientific research in the Arctic, very much appreciated Canada’s support of the recognition of Italy’s Observer Status in the Arctic Council in 2013.

Both countries have committed civilian and military resources to conflict areas, to the fight against international terrorism, and to supporting peace in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa under the auspices of the UN and NATO.

Bilateral relations between Italy and Canada have developed over time into a broad network of economic relations and scientific and academic cooperation, bolstered by the presence of a large and dynamic Italian-Canadian community.
According to recent figures, over 130,000 Italian citizens live and work in all sectors of Canada’s society. In addition, approximately 1.5 million Canadians (over 4% of the country’s total population) identify as being of Italian heritage.