Scotland's International Framework: Canada engagement strategy

This document outlines our strategic objectives for engagement with Canada.

Canada and Scotland

Collaboration between Canada and Scotland in:

  • Trade and Investment
  • Education
  • Public Diplomacy and Governmental Exchange
  • Diaspora Engagement
  • Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Statistics / Facts / Information

  • Direct flights from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Toronto
  • £470 million exports from Scotland to Canada in 2015
  • Scotland and Canada consistently top 20 trading partners
  • In 2014/15 Scottish Development International assisted 82 companies to market
  • Canada is one of Scotland's biggest inward investors
  • Around 45 Canadian owned businesses in Scotland, employing 3,630 with an estimated turnover of £3,449 million
  • Canada is Scotland's sixth most important source of international students
  • 1070 Canadian students in Scotland in 2015/16
  • 223 Saltire Scholarships awarded to Canadian students between 2011 and 2016
  • In 2015, 32,000 of Scotland's population born in North America
  • In 2015, 21,000 of Scotland's population with North American nationality
  • 98,398 visits to Scotland from Canada in 2015, with a total spend of £65.73 million over 984,526 nights
  • National Theatre of Scotland toured the award-winning James Plays to the Luminato Festival in Toronto in 2016
  • Scottish artists regularly feature at Canada's famous music festivals - East Coast Music Week and Celtic Colours
  • Festivals Edinburgh is working with Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles to create a Digital Arts Hub
  • Transatlantic Sessions feature annually in Celtic Connections, Scotland biggest folk music festival
  • 17 GlobalScots
  • Scottish Government member of staff based in Toronto
  • Scottish Development International office in Toronto



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