Why Canada and Israel?
Canada and Israel enjoy strong bilateral relations that span almost 70 years. Originally founded on political and cultural attributes, CIIRDF was designed to add an economic dimension to this relationship. It builds on complementary strengths in science and industry, establishing a solid foundation for R&D partnerships. These include:
- A world-class science, technology and research base;
- A highly educated workforce and multilingual population with political, economic, cultural, historical and business ties to many nations around the world;
- Well established people-to-people linkages; there are approximately 20,000 Canadian citizens living in Israel and many Canadians have family in Israel; the Canadian Jewish community, which stands at around 350,000, acts as an important bridge between Canada and Israel;
- A strong and long-standing trade relationship; the 1997 Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) propelled bilateral merchandise trade between the two countries to $1.73 billion in 2016; and
- Many common values as developed, modern and democratic nations including: a commitment to knowledge creation; a strategic approach to innovation; and rules-based governance and decision-making.