The Canada-Vietnam Friendship Society welcomes all Canadians and Vietnamese and beyond; we promote friendship between the Canadian and the Vietnamese peoples.
There are more than 240,000 Canadians of Vietnamese origin (2016 census.) Our unity, our friendship is intimately linked to building a prosperous, peaceful and happy future for both our peoples. We seek to promote actions which unite our peoples and all peoples.
In 2018, 150,000 Canadians visited Vietnam. Besides the beauty of the country and its cultural heritage and the warmth of its people, Canadians share the joy of Vietnam’s progress and achievements in raising the standards of living of the people.
There are more than 20,000 Vietnamese students studying in Canada. Some of whom will stay and contribute to our society’s development, and some will return home and use the relationships they build while in Canada to contribute to building the bonds of friendship between our two peoples.
Canada’s relations with the People’s Socialist Republic of Vietnam date back to 1973. Canada established an embassy in Hanoi in 1994. In 2017, Canada and Vietnam signed a Comprehensive Partnership in areas of political and diplomatic, trade and investment, development cooperation, defence and security, cultural and academic exchange, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people ties.
Vietnam is Canada’s largest trading partner in ASEAN since 2015. Canada is looking to build on that relationship in the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) free trade agreement. International trade between Canada and Vietnam reached US$8.9 billion in 2020.