United States and Canada: Neighbors, Friends, and Allies

“Canada is one of our closest allies, and I look forward to working in partnership to advance our shared interests and confront our shared challenges.”

– U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, January 26, 2021

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will visit Canada virtually on February 26 as part of his first virtual trip as Secretary of State. During his visit, Secretary Blinken will meet with Prime Minister Trudeau, Foreign Minister Garneau, and other Canadian cabinet members. This visit follows President Biden’s virtual bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau on February 23, during which the two leaders announced the U.S.-Canada Partnership Roadmap, a blueprint for our whole-of-government relationship. Secretary Blinken will begin the process of putting this plan into action in his meetings with Canadian leaders by discussing shared bilateral priorities and common approaches to global challenges including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic; taking bold action to combat climate change; strengthening economic ties and enhancing North American economic security through USMCA implementation; and bolstering our shared defense and security.

THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA: COMMON BORDER, VALUES, AND FUTURE

  • The United States and Canada have been friends, partners, and allies for more than 150 years, and our bilateral relationship is one of the closest and most comprehensive in the world.
  • The fact that President Biden’s first phone call to a foreign leader was to Prime Minister Trudeau, and Secretary Blinken’s first call as Secretary of State was to Foreign Minister Garneau, is a testament to our deep and abiding friendship. President Biden held his first bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau on February 23, and Secretary Blinken’s virtual visit will build on their discussions of our shared priorities and challenges.
  • The United States and Canada collaborate on a daily basis to secure and share the world’s longest land border -5,525 miles – and its 120 land ports-of-entry.
  • The $1.9 billion worth of goods and services that cross our border every day are a testament to the depth and breadth of our economic relationship.
  • The United States and Canada are stalwart allies, and U.S. defense arrangements with Canada are more extensive than with any other country in the world.
  • The U.S.-Canada Partnership Roadmap will guide our two countries as we work hand-in-hand on shared areas of concern. These concerns include combatting COVID-19; driving economic recovery; leading on climate change; advancing diversity and inclusion in both our societies; expanding our security and defense cooperation, including through NATO and NORAD; and jointly addressing shared challenges through multilateral institutions.
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