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Germans in Canada

Canada and Germany enjoy close relations, underpinned by active international cooperation, healthy trade and investment relations, and long-standing people-to-people ties. Roughly 3.2 million residents, or 9.8 per cent of Canada's population, indicate “German” as their ethnicity.

With bilateral merchandise trade totalling $19.1 billion in 2014, Germany was Canada’s thirteenth-largest merchandise export market, and ranked fourth among Canada’s suppliers of merchandise imports.

Germany is an important ally and multilateral player within the G-7, the G-20, the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Trade Organization.

Chancellor Merkel attended the June 2010 G-8 and G-20 summits in Muskoka and Toronto. She also took part in a bilateral visit to Ottawa in August 2012.

Prime Minister Harper attended the Canada-EU Summit in Berlin and the G-8 Summit in Heiligendamm in June 2007. He participated in a bio-diversity conference in Bonn in 2008 and the NATO Strasbourg-Kehl Summit held in France and Germany in 2009. He also visited Berlin in May 2010 and Munich and Berlin in March 2014.


“Canada and Germany enjoy a very strong and stable friendship, underpinned by common interests, shared values and robust commercial ties. Chancellor Merkel and I had highly productive discussions today, focused on the international community’s response to the crisis in Ukraine, the global fight against terrorism, and preparations underway for the upcoming G-7 Summit. We also discussed bilateral relations, including tapping into the enormous potential of the Canada-EU Trade Agreement. I look forward to continuing to work alongside Chancellor Merkel to tackle these and other pressing issues.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

It seems that Waterloo in Ontario was at the heart of the German immigration to Canada. I have found an old book about the history of Waterloo which describes their coming to Canada and the role played by the Menonites along with many biographical sketches.

History of Waterloo

Germany and Canada
Edited by Dr. Albert Stange (pdf)

49th Parallel
A black & white movie made in 1942 run time 2:01:43

A German Traveller in Upper Canada in 1837
Translation from the German by the Hon. William Renwick Riddell (pdf)

Items of German-Canadian Folk-Lore
By W. J Wintemberg (pdf)

German Immigrants in Canada
From the Immigration Research Series

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