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Prime Minister Trudeau Celebrates Africa Day with Commitment to Stronger Canada-Africa Ties

Toronto, Ontario – On the occasion of Africa Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a heartfelt statement celebrating the founding of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union (AU), 61 years ago. In his address, he highlighted Canada’s commitment to strengthening its partnership with African nations, reflecting on the deep connections and shared values between Canada and the African continent.

“Sixty-one years ago today, representatives of African countries founded the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union.,” said Trudeau. “On this anniversary, we join our partners to celebrate this important union that has made strides toward a more peaceful, sustainable, and prosperous African continent.”

Trudeau emphasized the importance of the African Union’s recent inclusion in the G20, noting that the AU’s membership enhances the strength, inclusivity, and dynamism of global multilateral organizations. He also acknowledged the significant contributions of the over 1.3 million Canadians of African descent, whose cultural, economic, and social contributions enrich communities across the country.

In his statement, the Prime Minister celebrated 15 years of Canada’s status as a permanent observer to the African Union. He reiterated Canada’s commitment to supporting African-led solutions to the continent’s challenges through various initiatives, including the Canada-African Union Commission Dialogues and Canada’s dedicated mission to the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which opened its doors last year.

“From promoting peace and democracy, to advancing climate action, to growing our economies – the partnership between Canada and the African Union will only get stronger.” Trudeau said.

This year’s Africa Day theme, “Education Fit for the 21st Century,” underscores the critical role of quality education in shaping the future. Trudeau highlighted Canada’s efforts in collaborating with African counterparts to enhance educational opportunities across the continent, including initiatives focused on sexual and reproductive health. He also noted the influx of tens of thousands of African students who come to Canada annually, contributing their talents and innovations to the country.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish everyone celebrating a happy Africa Day,” Trudeau concluded. “Together, we will build a better, fairer, and more prosperous world for all.”

The Prime Minister’s statement reinforces Canada’s ongoing commitment to fostering strong, mutually beneficial relationships with African nations and underscores the importance of global cooperation in addressing shared challenges and opportunities.

For more updates on Canada’s international partnerships and celebrations, stay tuned to GTA Today.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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