The North-South Institute


Governance of Natural Resources

Canada’s Role in Latin America: From Minor Player to Major Actor

Canada has gone from being a remote reference, a small political actor and marginal economic player in Latin America a couple of decades ago to become today one of its largest investors, most active partner to sign free trade agreements and a significant destination for Latin American temporary migration.

This project tracks that transformation by focusing on the role of Canadian mining investments, Canadian foreign economic policy-making and the administration of the flows of temporary foreign workers from Latin America. The main countries of focus are Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Argentina.

This project is partially funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant obtained by NSI in association with a consortium of Canadian and Latin American universities.


Policy Brief: Canada and the Pacific Alliance, by Pablo Heidrich (NSI), Laura Macdonald and Catalina Prada, April 2013.

Presentation: NSI Testimony to House of Commons’ Standing Committee on International Trade Regarding the Possible Entry of Canada into the Pacific Alliance, by Pablo Heidrich (NSI), April 2013.

Op-Ed: Observing or joining? Canada and the Pacific Alliance, by Pablo Heidrich (NSI) and Laura Macdonald (Carleton University), published in The Ottawa Citizen on May 30th, 2013.

For more information, please contact:

Pablo Heidrich
Senior Researcher