Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) supports Canadians abroad, works towards a more peaceful and secure world, and promotes our culture and identity. The formal mandate of the Department is set out in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Act (R.S. 1985, c. E-22). It consists of: ensuring that Canada's foreign policy reflects true Canadian values and advances Canada's national interests; strengthening rules-based trading arrangements and to expand free and fair market access at bilateral, regional and global levels; and working with a range of partners inside and outside government to achieve increased economic opportunity and enhanced security for Canada and for Canadians at home and abroad.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) offers a number of opportunities for Canadians to learn about the world and for international students to learn more about Canada. They are long-time supporters of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America and are key partners in the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. More recently, they have actively supported and promoted the Killam Fellowships Program.