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Embassies and consular services for Canada
|High Commission of Canada|
|New Zealand High Commission||Canada|
New Zealand and Canada identify closely with each other’s interests, concerns and values. We're linked by a common world view based on our Commonwealth heritage and shared parliamentary, legal, social and defence traditions. We cooperate on some of the toughest issues facing the international community today, such as cyber security and the international response to ISIL.
New Zealand Māori and Canadian Indigenous Peoples, particularly from Western Canada, have regular visits and cultural exchanges, mostly independent of government agencies.
Year ended March 2023 statistics
|Exports to Canada||$1.24b||$864.17m||$374.39m||Travel, wine, lamb, beef and butter|
|Imports from Canada||$1.19b||$940.83m||$251.24m||Potassium fertilisers, wood, travel, sulphur, and technical, trade-related and other business services|
|Total two-way trade||$2.43b||$1.81b||$625.6m|
Canada is New Zealand’s 15th largest export market worth NZ$1.24 billion (year ending March 2023). Two-way trade sits at NZ$2.43 billion. Inwards travel by Canadians is the biggest earner for New Zealand, followed by wine, lamb, beef and butter.
Canada’s main exports to New Zealand include potassium fertilisers, wood, travel, sulphur, and technical, trade-related and other business services.
Canada is a growing market for trade and investment, offering opportunities in health IT, wood and building products, agile technology including specialised manufacturing and clean technology, specialty food and beverages, and agritech.
Canada’s tech economy is seeing significant and sustained growth, particularly in the Toronto metropolitan area. A number of New Zealand tech and service companies have opened and expanded offices in Toronto in response to this growing market.
Free trade negotiations with Canada
We are working together for freer global and regional trade through the WTO and APEC.
We are also closely aligned in our efforts to promote inclusive and sustainable trade, through initiatives such as ITAG, GTAGA and IPETCA.
Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
Read about the benefits of CPTPP for New Zealand and Canada - New Zealand and Canada: Trade Partners [PDF, 1.2 MB]
Canada is represented in New Zealand by the High Commission of Canada, Wellington(external link) and the Canadian Consulate-General and Trade Office, Auckland(external link).
New Zealand and Canada working holiday visas gives our young citizens (age 18 - 35) the opportunity to visit and work in each other’s country for up to 23 months.
See the the Working holiday scheme page for more.
Recent official visits
New Zealand to Canada
- Jul 2022: Minister of Trade and Export Growth, Hon Damien O’Connor visited Ottawa and Toronto
- Nov 2021: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Nanaia Mahuta visited Ottawa and held a number of bilateral meetings
- Oct 2019: Hon. Tracey Martin visited Vancouver and Toronto in her capacity as Minister for Children and Associate Minister of Education
- Aug 2019: Chief Science Adviser Juliet Gerrard visited Ottawa
- June 2019: Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni visited Ottawa
- May 2019: Hon. Emily Woods attended the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Vancouver
- April 2019: Minister for Maori Development, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, visited Toronto and Ottawa
- November 2018: Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage visited Vancouver
- October 2018: Hon. David Parker, in his capacity of Minister of Trade and Export Growth, attended the WTO Ministerial Discussion in Ottawa. Minister Parker also had bilateral meetings with Canadian counterparts relating to his Environment and Attorney General portfolios.
- October 2018: Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis visited Vancouver
- January 2018: Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters attended the Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula
- June 2017: Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson visited Ottawa and Vancouver
- March 2016: Minister Nikki Kaye visited Ontario and British Columbia for discussions related to her ACC, Civil Defence, Associate Education and Youth Affairs portfolio
Canada to New Zealand
- August 2022: Minister of Indigenous Services Hon Patty Hajdu led a Canadian indigenous and first nations delegation throughout New Zealand and signed an Indigenous Cooperation Arrangement with New Zealand
- October 2018: Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of International Trade Diversification, Omar Alghabra, led an Indigenous trade mission to the World Indigenous Business Forum in Rotorua
- August 2018: Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- August 2016: Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, visited for a study tour focused on indigenous affairs and criminal reform
- April 2016: Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan visited Wellington
- November 2014: Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited New Zealand at the invitation of Prime Minister Key for bilateral meetings