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).

Ambassador Jennifer Loten presents her credentials

Ambassador Jennifer Loten presents her credentials to the Organization of American States, 2015. Left to right: Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez, Ambassador Jennifer Loten, Secretary General Luis Almagro, Ambassador of Uruguay Hugo Cayrus Maurin (Chair of the Permanent Council for the July-September 2015 term)

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.

Youth opportunities

The OAS offers opportunities for study and international experience. For more information, see Youth opportunities.

Permanent Mission of Canada

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Washington, DC 20001

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Ambassador Jennifer Loten

Jennifer Loten,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States

Ambassador’s message

Panorama: Canada's engagement in the Americas
Organization of American States: More rights for more people
Organization of American States: More rights for more people