Partnerships in education, science, technology, innovation and agricultural policy are among the central themes of bilateral relations. Canada is the fourth country that most received students under the "Science Without Borders" program – about 7,000 scholarship students by 2015 – and is the number one destination for Brazilian students, many of whom are interested in studying English and French on short-term programs.
Canada is the main destination for Brazilian investment abroad, with a stock above USD 20 billion, which makes Brazil the seventh largest source of foreign direct investment in Canada. Brazilian investments are concentrated in mining. Canadian investments in Brazil reach almost USD 15 billion and include areas such as civil engineering, technology, and mining. Canada is the 12th largest foreign investor in Brazil. In 2013, the trade exchange reached USD 5.4 billion.
Brazil and Canada have different mechanisms of coordination and bilateral dialogue, among which are the Strategic Partnership Dialogue, which provides the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries the opportunity to exchange views on matters of the bilateral, regional and multilateral agendas, including crisis and conflict situations in the world and trilateral cooperation with third countries, the Political-Military Dialogue, the Economic-Commercial Joint Council and the Brazil-Canada Joint Committee on Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1866 – Inauguration of the first Trade Commissioner Office of Canada in Brazil
1876 – Visit of Emperor Dom Pedro II to Canada
1941 – Inauguration of the Embassy of Brazil in Ottawa
1944 – Inauguration of the Embassy of Canada in Brazil. Jean Désy is the first Ambassador of Canada in Brazil
1998 – Prime Minister Jean Chrétien visits Brazil
2001 – President Fernando Henrique Cardoso visits Canada
2004 – Prime Minister Paul Martin visits Brazil