Visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Canada

OTTAWA, ON, August 13, 2022 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeauannounced today that the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholzwill visit Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ontarioand Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labradorof August 21 to 23, 2022.

Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with Chancellor Scholz in Montreal to advance our shared priorities, including our unwavering support for Ukraineprotect peace and security in Europe and around the world, and addressing the wider global impacts of Russia 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 promoting sustainability. CanadaGermany trade relationship to benefit everyone and grow the middle class in both countries, including through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), by strengthening science and innovation and attracting investment, including in sectors such as automotive and electric vehicle manufacturing, hydrogen and clean energy, and 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 highlight from Canada advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and highlight Canada and germany cooperation to advance the responsible development and use of AI.

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

Whereas in TorontoPrime 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, including energy security and climate change.

The two leaders will then travel to Stephenville, Newfoundlandto visit a hydrogen show where they will have the opportunity to talk to experts and see a variety of clean hydrogen projects, technologies and services. Canada and Germany have a long history of collaborating to advance the development of a clean economy and this visit will be an opportunity to formally deepen that 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.

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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 can’t wait to show 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 Trudeauprime 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 and people-to-people ties. Nearly 10% of Canadians claim at least partial German ancestry and approximately 400,000 Canadians travel to Germany every year. A similar number of people travel from Germany at Canada every year.

  • Each year, several thousand German students spend a term 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 part of from Canada largest sources of innovation-, research- and engineering-intensive investment, with more than 820 subsidiaries operating in Canadaemploying nearly 70,000 Canadians. Germany is the 7th largest source of foreign direct investment in Canada.

  • Germany is from Canada the European Union’s largest export market for goods, and its sixth largest trading partner, with bilateral trade in goods totaling $25.9 billion in 2021.

  • Canadian exports to Germany were worth $6.9 billion in 2021, while from Canada imports from Germany totaled $19.0 billion. Sectors of interest include aerospace, advanced manufacturing, automotive, life sciences, information and communications technology, and agribusiness. from Canada 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 germany BASF for the manufacture of batteries demonstrates the strong and growing potential for collaboration in the field of clean technologies.

  • In March 2022and again in May 2022Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Scholz have agreed to work together to advance the adoption and expansion of carbon pricing around the world through from Canada Global carbon pricing challenge and germany Climate Club. In May 2022both Germany and Canada signed the G7 Hydrogen Action Pact.

  • Long-time partners of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Canada and Germany cooperate closely on security and defense issues, and are also 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, in particular by leading NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroups in Latvia and Lithuaniarespectively.

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