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Diplomatic relations between Belarus and Canada were established on April 15th, 1992.

In April, 1997 the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus was set up in Ottawa. Official representation to Belarus is based at the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Canada:
1997 — 2000 Mikhail Khvostov
2001 — 2007 Nina Mazai

Since 2008 the Embassy of Belarus in Ottawa is headed by Chargé d'affaires.

In 2006-2015, official contacts between Belarus and Canada remained limited on the initiative of the Canadian side. In 2006 and 2007, the Government of Canada adopted restrictive measures against the Republic of Belarus, having removed Belarus from Canada’s General Preferential Tariff regime and added Belarus to the Area Control List (ACL) of countries to which the exportation of all items is only permitted with a valid export permit.

As a result of the ongoing normalization of political relations between Minsk and Ottawa, on July 12, 2017 the Government of Canada officially removed Belarus from the ACL.

Having resumed and raised the level of regular consultations between the foreign ministries, Belarus and Canada are working to develop constructive relations both in bilateral format and within international organizations.

On December 8, 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Stéphane Dion. On December 7, 2017 Minister Makei met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland on the margins of the 24th OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna.

In February and September 2017, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, visited Canada to hold meetings with Assistant Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs Alexandra Bugailiskis, Stefanie Beck, Mark Gwozdecky, and Gordon Venner, Associate Deputy Minister, Department of National Defence.

On September 27, 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus hosted Belarus – Canadian consultations on political matters. The Belarusian side at the consultations was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Kravchenko, the Canadian — by Assistant Deputy Minister of Global Affairs Canada Stefanie Beck.

On April 8-12, 2019 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, visited Canada. During the visit, another round of bilateral ministerial consultations was held. The Canadian delegation was led by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mark Gwozdecky.

At the international conference on integration processes in the Eurasian region “In Search of the New Eurasian Pragmatism”, organized by the Carleton University and the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), Oleg Kravchenko outlined Belarus’ initiatives for cooperation and further pairing between regional integrations — the EAEU and the EU, highlighted the participation of the Republic of Belarus in the EAEU with a focus on the benefits and advantages which Canada and other Western countries could get from cooperating with Belarus.