Canada-France relations are rooted in a shared history and language as well as strong political connections demonstrated through numerous bi- and multilateral agreements. In 2020, France was Canada’s 5th largest trading partner globally, and 2nd largest in Europe with total bilateral trade reaching over CAD $5.1 billion.

In terms of research connections, Canada has identified France as one of its priority countries for scientific cooperation and partnerships. In 2022, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) entering a new partnership for collaboration in research and innovation between the two countries.

This high valued-added partnership with France focuses on innovation in strategic sectors such as medical technologies, biotechnology as applied to medicine and agro-industry, green technologies, renewable energy, advanced materials, nanotechnologies, and more. These areas of innovation consistently align with the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology’s vision and the expertise of its members, making France a high-priority strategic partner.