Established in 2001, the Canadian Studies Program at UCLA fosters a better understanding of Canadian society and its relationship with the United States. Through its teaching, research, and public lecture series, the Program facilitates awareness of issues of mutual concern to the two countries among students, faculty, and the public at large.
"Canada is the United States’ largest trading partner and largest, most secure supplier of energy. In addition to sharing the longest, most secure border in the world, Canadians and Americans share the same aspirations and values. And yet, there are differences. Differences that sometimes matter. In an increasingly globablized, complex and contentious world, where the problems get bigger as the world gets smaller, it only makes sense that friends and allies know each other as well as possible. Problem solving - whether economic, environmental or diplomatic - can only benefit."
—David Fransen, Consul General of Canada, Los Angeles