European settlement in Canada has its beginnings in the middle of the 16th century when Jacques Cartier started his discovery tours.
In 1867, the Dominion of Canada was founded which became a de facto independent State within the Commonwealth in 1931, through the Statute of Westminster. On the 17th April 1982, Canada received full autonomy and independence, defined in the Constitution Act.
Since 2009, the Province of Alberta – known for its rich oil reserves – and Bavaria also maintain a scientific partnership.
The relations between Bavaria and Canada are harmonious. Since 1989 an extremely fruitful cooperation has been linking Bavaria and the francophone province of Québec. This cooperation is based on the numerous similarities between the two regions even if they have different languages and a separating distance of 6,000 km. Both provinces put a great focus on the preservation of their own culture and identity, both Bavaria and Québec are the second largest economical and demographical regions in their federal republics. Over the past 60 years, the mainly agricultural character of both regions disappeared as they became world-level high tech locations.