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Cultural and Scientific Cooperation


Cultural and Scientific Cooperation


Canada-Italy Relations


Canada and Italy are like-minded countries on key global and regional issues, partners in a range of multilateral institutions such as the UN, G8 and NATO, and allies in NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Canada’s large and dynamic Italo-Canadian community is particularly interested and engaged in all aspects - cultural, social, economic and political - of our bilateral relations. The recently elected governments of both countries have signalled their intention to work closely in a bilateral context and internationally. Important business and S&T delegations in both directions between Canada and Italy have given new impetus for the advancement of innovative commercial opportunities and partnerships. Cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties are strong.

Cultural, Academic and Youth Exchanges

Canadian and Italian cultural institutions and artists have strong linkages which are supported through various institutional mechanisms. The 1997 bilateral Film Co-Production Agreement has fostered greater cooperation in cinematic and audiovisual technologies. Canadian Studies programmes in Italy are well developed and supported by the Italian Association for Canadian Studies (IACS). It organizes regular conferences and counts more than 200 members. Its network comprises seven centres of Canadian studies at the universities of Pisa/Milan, Messina, Bologna, Siena, Udine, Genova, and an inter-university centre of Quebec Studies headquartered in Bologna.In addition, there are a number of individual arrangements covering student exchanges, academic exchanges, summer programmes, and joint research projects between universities in each country. In January of 2008, Canada and Italy renewed the very popular bilateral working-holiday program, aimed at facilitating travel, study and employment for young Canadians and Italians in both countries.