Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the premier multilateral organization of the Americas. Consistent with Article I of the OAS Charter, it seeks to achieve among its member states “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.”
After 28 years as an observer, Canada became a member of the Organization of American States (OAS) on January 8, 1990.
Canada’s priorities at the OAS
The OAS and other inter-American institutions are important multilateral vehicles for advancing Canada’s goals of increasing mutual economic opportunity, strengthening security and institutions, and fostering lasting relationships. For more information, see Canada’s priorities at the OAS.
About the Permanent Mission
Canada is represented at the OAS by its Permanent Mission. The mission is the primary channel of communication between Canada, the OAS General Secretariat and the other member states. Its role is to advance the Canadian government’s objectives and interests through the OAS and to work with hemispheric partners through the organization.
The Ambassador and Permanent Representative is supported by a team of diplomats and delegates who represent Canada across a range of OAS bodies including the Permanent Council, the Council on Integral Development, committees, agencies and institutions including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Inter-American Commission of Women.
The Mission also represents the Canadian government at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).
The OAS and Inter-American System
The OAS, along with the Summit of the Americas process and broader inter-American system, provides a key venue for hemispheric cooperation on issues of common interest. For more information, see Overview of the OAS.
The OAS offers opportunities for study and international experience. For more information, see Youth opportunities.
Permanent Mission of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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