EU-Canada Relations

Diplomatic Relations

The origins of interparliamentary relations between the European Parliament and the Canadian Parliament date back to 1973. Since then a total of 25 interparliamentary meetings have taken place between delegations of the European and the Canadian Parliament.

The Mission of Canada to the EU represents the Government of Canada on EU-related issues, maintains and develops cooperation between Canada and the EU and monitors the development of EU policy and legislation and its impact on Canada. The mission works closely with the EU institutions and the 27 EU Member States, plus with many Brussels-based think tanks, organisations and Missions of other countries.

The Delegation of the European Union to Canada was established in 1976. It is a fully-fledged diplomatic mission and works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States, particularly the one holding the EU Presidency.

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European Studies Programs, Jean Monnet EU Centres, Chairs and Projects in Canada

The Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia offers an academic forum within which students and scholars alike come together to engage in rigorous enquiry into the structures, actors, and institutions that shape contemporary and historical Europe.

As an interdisciplinary unit, the mandate of CES is to further research, teaching, and public outreach activities in the area of European Studies at Carleton University and in the Ottawa area. The Centre also aims to support cooperative activities in this area with the University of Ottawa. At Carleton University, the Centre is housed jointly in the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Political Science.

The Centre is a joint initiative between the University of Montreal and McGill University. The European Union Center of Excellence (CEUE/EUCE) was created on September 1rst 2006. The Centre is an institution that embeds the former Institute of European Studies of McGill and the University of Montreal, the Chair Jean Monnet in Law of the international economic integration of Mc Gill University, and the Jean Monnet Chair on European Integration of the University of Montreal.

The Institute of European Studies was founded in 2003 with funding from the European Commission. The Institute’s mission is to promote the study of the European Union in Canada. IES draws upon established strengths at the University of Toronto including the European Studies Major Program, the CERES MA in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (MA ERES) , and more than a dozen departments in the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Institute is housed in the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto.

UVic’s European Studies Program offers courses to broaden your knowledge and give you a thorough understanding of Europe’s multifaceted history, culture, fast-changing political realities and its extraordinary role in today’s world.  UVic’s program options include: a minor and a major in European Studies, opportunities for graduate students from different disciplines, and other options, like summer schools in Europe, the EU Study tour, internships, exchanges and simulation opportunities.

York University has been awarded a grant to establish a European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE). Recognized for the excellence, breadth and depth of its European Union (EU) studies and scholarly activities, York will receive funding of $480,000 over three years to integrate the University’s existing research, teaching, outreach and networking activities on Europe and the European Union (EU), and introduce and facilitate new activities on the EU and EU-Canada relations.

The European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) was established at Dalhousie University in the Fall of 2006 with a grant from the European Commission in Brussels. The dual aim of the Dalhousie EU studies Initiative, which was taken a few years ago, is to integrate existing research and teaching activities on the European Union at Dalhousie University and to establish a framework through which these and other activities related to the EU can be facilitated and promoted.

The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies was originally established in 1998 upon an initiative by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Sciences, the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Conference of University Presidents as the “Canadian Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies.” Subsequently the Centre also received the support of the Governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) is a leading teaching and research program in its field and the first one established in Canada. EURUS brings together a wide range of expertise on Europe and European integration, in addition to our strengths in Central and Southeast Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. We also house a European Union Centre of Excellence and a major network in European studies. The Institute hosts unparalleled opportunities for scholarly research and interaction with government, non-governmental agencies, and international partners.

The Centre was founded in 1997. It is the result of a joint initiative of the University of Montreal, York University, and the German Office for University Exchanges (DAAD).

Established by a grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) and funds from the University of Toronto, the Joint Initiative is a program of cross disciplinary support for research and scholarship at the University of Toronto in the area of German and European studies.

Jean Monnet Networks/ Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence (2017)Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2017)

Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence:

Jean Monnet Networks (2016/2017)

  • JM Network at McGill: Between the EU and Russia: Domains of Diversity and Contestation
  • JM Network at UdeM: RÉSeau Transatlantique sur l’Europe Politique
  • JM Network at Carleton: Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada Relations: The EU and Canada in Dialogue
  • JM Network Dalhousie: Health Law and Policy Network
  • JM Network at UVic: Comparing and Contrasting EU Migration and Border Policies - Are they Exemplary? 

Jean Monnet Projects (2016/2017)

  • JM Project at UVic: Communication and Media Strategies for EU Experts in Canada
  • JM Project at Dalhousie: CETA Implementation and Implications Project  
  • JM Project at UofT: ECSA-C conference 2018 Toronto
  • JM Project at ECSA-C: Building Capacity for Canada's European Studies Community: the European Studies Association Canada as a research and outreach hub
  • JM Project at Carleton: Studying EU in Canadian high schools
  • JM Project at UofT: European Union Policy on Asylum and Refugees
  • JM Project at UVic: Narratives of Memory, Migration, Xenophobia and European Identity: Intercultural Dialogues
  • JM Project at UVic: Canada-EU Dialogue on Migration

Jean Monnet Module (2016)

  • JM Module at UofT: The European Union and the Politics and Policies of Migration

European Studies Associations in Canada

ECSA-C's mission is to help promote the study of the European Union and its Member States in Canada. Our biggest event is an international research conference which is held every two years.
Jean Monnet Chairs in Canada:

  • Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (2016)
  • Prof. Jean Debardeleben, Carleton University (2016)
  • Prof. Laurie Beaudonnet, Université de Montréal (2015) -      
  • Prof. Achim Hurrelmann, Carleton University (2015) -      
  • Prof. Heather MacRae, York University (2014) -      
  • Prof. Olivier DELAS, Université Laval (2013) -      
  • Prof. Lori Thorlakson, University of Alberta​ (2012) -      
  • Prof. Joan DeBardeleben, Carleton University (2011) -      
  • Prof. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, University of Victoria (2010) -      
  • Prof. Kurt Hübner, University of British Columbia (2010) -      
  • Prof. Willem Maas, York University  (2008) -      
  • Prof. Nanette Neuwahl, Université de Montréal (2008) -      
  • Prof. Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria (2006) -      
  • Prof. Armand L.C. DE MESTRAL, McGill University (2002) -      
  • Prof Amy Verdun, University of Victoria (2001) -      
  • Prof Steven B. WOLINETZ, Memorial University of Newfoundland at St. John's (2001)  

Following Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam have been awarded to: 

  • Prof. Markus Gehring, University of Ottawa (2010) -
  • Prof. Amy Verdun, at the University of Victoria (2009) -
  • Prof. George Ross, Université de Montréal (2008) -
  • Prof. Finn Laursen, Dalhausie (2007)