Canada is represented in Slovakia by Ambassador-designate Mark Bailey. Canada also
has an office in Bratislava, headed by Chargé d'affaires Kathy Bunka.
Slovakia is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. Slovakia also has consulates
in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
Canada and Slovakia enjoy excellent bilateral relations, largely thanks to Canada's
sheltering of Czechoslovak political refugees in 1948 and 1968, steadfast support
for dissidents throughout the Communist period and the strengthening of Canada-Slovakia
personal and family ties since 1989. The community of 64,000 Canadians of Slovak
heritage is a link which enhances the ties between the two countries. These Slovaks
have enriched our nation in different walks of life and Canada is proud of their
Our bilateral diplomatic relationship goes back over 80 years to 1920 when Czechoslovakia
first appointed a Consular agent in Montreal. Since then, Canada and Slovakia have
signed treaties that cover Social Security, the Avoidance of Double Taxation, the
Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy, the Promotion and Protection of Investment, Youth
Mobility and much more. We are proud that Canada took a lead in supporting Slovakia's
entry into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Relations
between Canada and Slovakia are excellent and can only improve.
International Experience Canada…
The Canada-Slovakia Youth Mobility Agreement (officially known as International Experience
Canada) came into effect on 1 July 2011. Through this new exciting initiative, young
Slovaks (18-35) can apply for a temporary work permit to travel and work in Canada
for up to one year and thus gain a valuable work and life experience.
What participants learn from other cultures and the self-reliance they gain from
living and working abroad are highly marketable assets in a global economy. Companies
with international operations often seek individuals who are able to communicate
effectively in more than one language, and who can understand the nuances of a different
culture and its values. An international experience in Canada can help you build
these skills and more! This program is a bilateral arrangement between the Government
of Canada and the Government of Slovakia and there are also opportunities for Canadian
youth to travel and work in Slovakia.
Canada and Slovakia work together through a host of multilateral institutions including
the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and
the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Canada is deeply committed
to the trans-Atlantic relationship and was the first to ratify Slovakia’s membership
in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). We have also worked together in
peacekeeping missions, including in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia.
Canada warmly welcomed the accession of the Slovak Republic to the European Union.
This important event provides additional opportunities for our bilateral relations
as Canada and the EU are engaged in a wide range of co-operation on foreign policy,
defence and security, trade and investments, science and technology, justice and
home affairs, and people to people exchanges.
The Canada-Slovakia bilateral commercial relationship has been extremely resilient
in recent years. Slovakia has been one of the top economic performers in the European
Union, and the economic fundamentals remain strong, with GDP growth of 3.2% in 2011
and 2.4% in 2012. Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Slovakia reached
$357mn in 2012, with Canadian exports to Slovakia accounting for $69mn and Slovak
exports to Canada increasing to $288mn.
Slovakia is an attractive investment destination mainly thanks to political and economic
stability, the country's use of the Euro currency, a favorable operating environment
with a simple graduated taxation system, a highly skilled and educated labour force
and a flexible labour code. Slovakia's convenient location in the heart of Europe
with highly developed rail and road links to the region will continue to render Slovakia
attractive to Canadian business and investment interests. Updated Foreign Investment
Promotion and Protection Agreement between Canada and Slovakia entered into force
in March 2012.
A number of Canadian companies have recognized the rich investment potential in Slovakia
and over the past decade, Canadian investment in Slovakia is estimated to have reached
between $700 and $800mn, making Canada one of the top 25 investors in the country.