Myanmar and Canada

Bilateral Relationship

Myanmar established diplomatic relationship with Canada on 9 August 1958. Mah Tharay Sithu U Win , Ambassador of United States , was concurrently accredited to Canada. Myanmar had opened a chancery in Ottawa from 1963 to 1978. Maha Tharay Sithu James Barrington was accredited the first resident Ambassador of Myanmar to Canada. Subsequence to 1978, Myanmar closed the chancery and concurrently accredited  Myanmar Ambassadors in Washington  to Canada. On January 31, 1986, Myanmar reopened its Embassy in Ottawa with U Ba Thwin as Ambassador. Presently U Hau Do Suan is Ambassador of Myanmar to Canada.

Myanmar Ambassador to Canada

No.NameDate of Presentation of CredentialsResidence
1 Maha Tharay Sithu U Win 9-10-1958 Washington
2. Sithu U Ohn Sein 9-10-1959 Washington
3. Maha Tharay Sithu James
11-2-1963 Ottawa
4 Thakin Chan Tun 16-1-1970 Ottawa
5. U Kyaw Nyunt 28-8-1975 Ottawa
6. U Ko Ko 4-7-1977 Ottawa
7 U Kyaw Khine 24-11-1982 Washington
8 U Kyee Myint 22-11-1984 Washington
9 U Maung Maung Gyi 26-11-1984 Washington
10 U Ba Thwin 19-3-1986 Ottawa
11 U Thein Aung 14-6-1988 Ottawa
12 U Win Shein 19-7-1989 Ottawa
13 U Thaung 21-5-1992 Washington
14 Dr. Kyaw Win 20-9-1995 Ottawa
15 U Nyunt Tin 15-12-1999 Ottawa
16 U Aye 27-5-2004 Ottawa
17 U Kyaw Tin 19-4-2011 Ottawa
18 U Hau Do Suan 10-6-2013 Ottawa

     Myanmar- Canada

The relationship between Myanmar and Canada has turned a new chapter when Foreign Minister the Hon. John Baird visited Nay Pyi Taw in March 2012.  Myanmar Foreign Minister H.E U Wunna Maung Lwin’s official visit to Ottawa in October 2012 also was a milestone in the history of the bilateral relations since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1958.

The relations have been further strengthened in the first half of this year by the exchange of parliamentary delegations. A Canadian parliamentary mission led by the Hon. Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister, visited Myanmar from 15-23 February. They met with more than 40 Myanmar parliamentarians and staff of all political parties, as well as government and civil society representatives and the diplomatic communities.  

In return, a Myanmar parliamentary delegation headed by H.E U Thurein Zaw,  Chairman of the Public Account Committee of the Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Representatives) paid a study visit to Canada from 20-26 April.

One of the most significant developments in Myanmar-Canada relations was the opening of Canada’s Embassy and a trade commission office in Yangon. The first resident Canadian Ambassador to Myanmar, H.E Mark McDowell has arrived in Yangon at the end of June and assumed his duties.


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