Our relationship with 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. Canada was a major supporter of New Zealand’s UN Security Council campaign.

New Zealand Māori and Canadian First Nations, particularly from Western Canada, have regular visits and cultural exchanges, mostly independent of Government agencies. The New Zealand-Canada working holiday visa gives our young citizens the opportunity to visit and work in each other’s countries. This visa has recently been extended from 12 to 23 months.


2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$1.1 billion


Exports to Canada

$581 million

Top exports: mutton and lamb, wine, frozen beef

Imports from Canada

$485 million

Top imports: potassium fertilisers, pork, crude sulphur 


US$1.8 trillion

GDP per capita US$50,398 (NZ GDP per capita is US$43,837)
GDP growth  2.5%  

Canada is one of our top 20 trading partners, and a high value market for our food and wine exports, specialised manufacturing, and information communication technology (ICT). Canada’s supply management policies continue to pose a challenge for our agricultural exporters with dairy exports to Canada subject to quotas and out-of-quota tariff rates of 250-300%.

Wine is our number one merchandise goods trade item exported to Canada. Growth over the 2014/15 year was 20% and in 2015, annual exports of New Zealand wine to Canada exceeded one million cases for the first time.

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. There's scope for more collaboration in research, science and technology in these areas.

Canada has identified New Zealand as a priority market under their Global Commerce Strategy, focusing on biotechnology, agritech, ICT, environmental technology and health industries. Examples of commercial activity between our countries include an Ottawa company contracted to print New Zealand banknotes and passports, and Lockeed Martin Canada contracted for a New Zealand Navy frigate upgrade.

Free trade negotiations with Canada

We are working together for freer global and regional trade through the WTO and APEC.

We're also negotiating a regional free trade agreement that includes Canada:

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 35 can apply for a 23-month working holiday visa for Canada.

For more information, go to the Canadian government website (external link).


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Canada
  • March 2016: Minister Nikki Kaye visited Ontario and British Columbia for discussions related to her ACC, Civil Defence, Associate Education and Youth Affairs portfolio
  • November 2015: Attorney General Finlayson visited Ottawa
  • May 2015: Minister of Sport Dr Jonathaon Coleman visited Canada to attend the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) annual meetings
  • March 2015: Minister of Education Hekia Parata visited Canada to attend the International Summit on the Teaching Profession
  • November 2014: Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee visited Halifax, Nova Scotia for the Halifax International Security Forum
  • March 2014: Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges visited Canada. 
Canada to New Zealand
  • 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
  • June 2014: President of the Treasury Board and Prime Ministerial Fellow Tony Clement visited for a study tour focused on public sector admiration
  • February 2014: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met with Prime Minister John Key, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, and Trade Minister Tim Groser
  • May 2012: Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway Ed Fast met Trade Minister Tim Groser, and signed a renewed Double Tax Agreement with Revenue MinisterPeter Dunne.

News & Events

UNGA 71: Sixth Committee: Administration of Justice


UNGA 71: Sixth Committee: Administration of Justice, Statement on behalf of Canada, Australia and New Zealand (CANZ).

Delivered by Jikita de Schot, New Zealand Adviser to the United Nations, 14 October 2016