Sharing our international
legacy of friendship
Legacy of Friendship
In a manner symbolic of President Roosevelt's devotion to positive international relations, Canada and the United States came together to create this memorial to a U.S. President on Canadian soil.
Administration and Funding
The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is administered by a commission created under an international treaty signed by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 22, 1964. Comprised of six members and six alternate members, the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission has equal representation from Canada and the United States. On the recommendation of the Secretary of State for External Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Governor General in Council appoints three Canadian commission members and three alternates. Three U.S. commission members and three alternates are appointed by the President of the United States. Under the international treaty, the Commission was charged to take the necessary measures to restore the Roosevelt home as closely as possible to its condition when it was occupied by President Roosevelt, and to administer, as a memorial, the Roosevelt Campobello International Park. The treaty specifies that the two countries share equally in the costs of development, operation, and maintenance of the Park. Canadian budget approval lies with Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada. In the United States, budget approval lies with the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Congress. Day-to-day management of the park is the responsibility of a superintendent, appointed by the Park Commission.It is the only park in the world owned by the peoples of two countries and administered by a joint commission in their name.
The existence of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park is just one of many examples of perhaps the closest and most dynamic relationship of any two nations. Our physical proximity, enhanced by a common history and a similarity of language, culture, and legal systems, has resulted in many longstanding relationships between the peoples of our countries. Political, economic, military, academic, environmental, and cultural ties benefit both countries and are supported by hundreds of government to government treaties, agreements, and memorandums of understanding. Even our national electricity grids are linked, and hydro power facilities on our western borders shared.As close allies sharing the world’s longest undefended border, we have extensive defense arrangements and share mutual security commitments. We work together, closely, through agencies such as the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, where we often speak with one voice. Even in those few areas where we pursue different approaches, we share the same broad objectives.Strong investment relationships and Canada-United States trade support our economic securities, and more than two million jobs in each country. The U.S. is Canada's largest foreign investor, and Canada is the third-largest foreign investor in the U.S. With an annual two-way trade in goods and services between Canada and the United States worth almost 425 billion U.S. dollars, we are each other’s best customers and serve as the largest market for each other's goods.The Canada-United States relationship is extremely positive and marked by few disputes. At the federal level, well over 200 side agreements covering everything from defense cooperation and access to commercial airways to Great Lakes water quality attest to this positive relationship. As well, numerous additional agreements between the provinces and states enhance the relationship.Canada and the United States have been very successful at working out the dos and don’ts of our partnership. As each other’s closest ally and trading partner, we are inextricably tied to events and conditions north and south of the international border - and we realize the importance of continuing to maintain our positive relationship through constant nurturing and steady management.