Canada has diplomatic relations with both South and North Korea. On 14 January 1963, Canada established diplomatic relations with Korea and set up the Canadian Embassy in Korea in 1974. Korea set up an Embassy in Canada in 1965. Canada established their diplomatic relations with the North on February 6 of 2001. Canada dispatched 3 infantry battalions, 3 warships and 1 air force squadron to aid Korea during the Korean War.
The Prime Minister of Canada made an official visit to Korea in September 1981, and Korean President, Chun visited Canada officially in August 1982. President DJ Kim called on Canada in July 1999.
Between the nations the following agreements have been concluded; the Trade of 1965, the Technology Co-operations of 1976, the Nuclear Energy Development Application of 1976, the Double Taxation Avoidance of 1978, the Textile Trade of 1979, the Visas Waiver of 1994, the Social Security of 1999, etc. Exports to Korea in 2000 were US$ 2.43 billion and the imports from Korea were US$ 2.10 billion. The main goods exported are natural resources like coal, minerals, pulp, and high-tech products. Imported goods are clothing, machinery, electronic goods, automobiles, and so on. In 2000, Korean immigrants numbered 111,041 and expatriates 10,939. Korean is taught for the children of Korean ancestry at the ‘Hangul School’ on Saturdays.