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A staunch ally from the start

SG50 also marks the 50th jubilee of Canadian-Singapore diplomatic ties which have grown closer over the years.

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"Canada is recognised as one of the most innovative and competitive economies in the world . . . in this respect, I suspect we are not unlike Singapore. Canada generates over 4 per cent of global knowledge despite accounting for only 0.5 per cent of the world's population." - High Commissioner Heather Grant

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Since 2011, Canadian and Singapore volunteers have organised Terry Fox runs at East Coast Parkway, raising close to S$800,000 for cancer research here.

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Thousands of Singaporeans have studied in Canada, taking advantage of its affordable world-class education.

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Singapore was admitted as an accredited observer to the Arctic Council during Canada’s chairmanship of the organisation from 2013 to 2015.

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THE depth of bilateral ties between Singapore and Canada can be seen in the fact that they mark their 50th anniversary this year, since the latter was one of the first few countries to acknowledge Singapore as a nation back in 1965.

On Aug 10, 1965, Canada's Prime Minister Lester Bowles

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