Singapore and Canada enjoy warm and friendly relations. Canada was one of the first countries that established diplomatic ties with Singapore after our independence in 1965. In 2015, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Bilateral cooperation is wide-ranging and spans the areas of education, science and technology, trade, defence, and people-to-people exchanges. Singapore and Canada also have a close association through our membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. As an Observer in the Arctic Council, Singapore is also working with Canada to explore collaborative initiatives to advance the Council’s work.



  • Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan attended the 2017 Shangri-La Dialogue in June.
  • Canadian Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne visited Singapore, and called on Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on 22 May.


  • Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan visited Singapore from 3 to 5 June to attend the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue.
  • Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion made his introductory visit to Singapore from 8 to 9 April.


  • Canadian Governor-General David Johnston visited Singapore in March to attend the State Funeral Service for Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
  • A delegation of nine Senators from the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade visited Singapore in February.

 Last updated: July 2017