Australia - Canada relations
Australia values its long-standing close and productive relationship with Canada. Trade relations between our two countries date back over one hundred years and formal diplomatic links were established in 1939. Since this time, the relationship has expanded and we work together in many areas.
Australian and Canadian military forces fought side-by-side in both World Wars, the Korean War and in the 1990-91 Gulf War. Both countries have forces in Afghanistan, making a valuable contribution to the stabilisation of that country. As close military allies, Australia and Canada work together to counter potential global terrorist threats through technical cooperation, information-sharing, exchanges of personnel and joint training.
Australia works closely with Canada in a range of international fora, particularly the United Nations, the Commonwealth, APEC, the WTO and the OECD.
Australia and Canada enjoy substantial trade and investment links. Strong people-to-people links also enhance our relationship, with many Australians and Canadians enjoying working holidays, cultural exchanges and international study programs in both countries.
Further information on Australia-Canada relations can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade:
Canada Country Brief