Visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Canada

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, will visit Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ontario and Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador from August 21-23, 2022.

Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with Chancellor Scholz in Montreal to advance our shared priorities, including our unwavering support for Ukraine, protecting peace and security in Europe and around the world, and managing broader global repercussions of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion. Leaders will also continue to collaborate on ways the two countries can work together to safeguard energy security and accelerate the global transition to clean energy, including through secure access to key resources such as clean hydrogen and essential minerals. They will discuss taking strong climate action through policies such as pricing pollution and advancing Canada-Germany trade relations for the benefit of all and growing the middle class in the two countries, notably through the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, strengthening relations between science and innovation, and attracting investment, including in sectors such as automotive and electric vehicle manufacturing, hydrogen and clean energy, bio-manufacturing and life sciences.

While in Montreal, Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Scholz will participate in a networking lunch with German and Canadian business representatives to encourage investment and partnership opportunities, particularly in the critical minerals and of the automobile. Leaders will then visit Mila, one of three government-funded national artificial intelligence institutes Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy to showcase Canada’s advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and highlight cooperation between Canada and Germany to advance the responsible development and use of AI.

Prime Minister Trudeau will then travel to Toronto, where on August 23, the eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day, he will participate in the Virtual Crimea International Platform Heads of State and Government Summit. Canada is an active supporter and participant of the International Platform on Crimea, an initiative launched by Ukraine to strengthen international advocacy and responses to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. The Platform has much deeper implications this year in the face of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

While in Toronto, Prime Minister Trudeau will also speak at the Canada-Germany Business Forum to promote greater cooperation between the two countries in response to current global challenges, particularly energy security and climate change.

The two leaders will then travel to Stephenville, Newfoundland to visit a hydrogen trade show where they will have the opportunity to speak to experts and view a variety of hydrogen projects, technologies and services. own. Canada and Germany have a long history of working together to advance the development of a clean economy and this visit will be an opportunity to formally deepen this collaboration. Canadian and German researchers have been at the forefront of advancing clean hydrogen technologies, with Canadian companies deploying their technologies in the German market and German companies investing in growing manufacturing capabilities in Canada.

Quotation

“Germany and Canada are close friends on the world stage. We are bound by our shared commitments to democracy, peace and security, including our support for Ukraine, a clean and healthy future and an economy that works for people. I look forward to showing Chancellor Scholz what Canada has to offer as we further strengthen our relationship, create jobs and help grow the middle class in both countries.”

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Fast facts

  • The Prime Minister and Chancellor Scholz last met in June on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany.
  • Canada and Germany benefit from their strong cultural ties and people-to-people ties. Nearly 10% of Canadians claim at least partial German ancestry, and approximately 400,000 Canadians travel to Germany each year. A similar number of people travel from Germany to Canada each year.
  • Each year, several thousand German students spend a semester or a full year at a college, university or high school in Canada. Thousands of other young Germans and Canadians travel in each direction for short-term study and research or to work under the International Experience Canada program.
  • Germany is one of the largest sources of innovation, research and engineering-intensive investment in Canada, with more than 820 subsidiaries operating in Canada, employing nearly 70,000 Canadians. Germany is the 7th largest source of foreign direct investment in Canada.
  • Germany is Canada’s largest merchandise export market in the European Union and its sixth largest trading partner globally, with two-way merchandise trade totaling $25.9 billion in 2021.
  • Canadian exports to Germany were worth $6.9 billion in 2021, while Canada’s imports from Germany totaled $19.0 billion. Sectors of interest include aerospace, advanced manufacturing, automotive, life sciences, information and communications technology, and agribusiness. Canada’s major merchandise exports include precious stones, machinery, ores, scientific and precision instruments, electrical and electronic machinery and equipment, and inorganic chemicals.
  • Investments in Canada by companies like BASF in Germany for battery manufacturing demonstrate the strong and growing potential for collaboration in clean technology.
  • In March 2022, and again in May 2022, Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Scholz agreed to work together to advance the adoption and expansion of carbon pricing around the world through the Global Carbon Challenge. carbon pricing of Canada and the Climate Club of Germany. In May 2022, Germany and Canada signed the G7 Hydrogen Action Pact.
  • Long-time partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Canada and Germany cooperate closely on security and defense issues, and are also both members of the G7 and G20, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Canada and Germany are doing their part to contribute to NATO operations and activities along NATO’s eastern flank, particularly through their leadership of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroups in Latvia and Lithuania, respectively.

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