The Accreditation Unit at a Glance
Last Revision: August 20, 2014
Canada hosts an extensive network of foreign diplomatic missions, international organizations and other representative offices. The Accreditation Unit is responsible for accreditation and for issuing certain documents to representatives of bilateral and multilateral missions and their family members once they have taken up their assigned posts. As host country, Canada undertakes these activities to fulfill its international commitments with regard to the presence of embassies and international organizations in this country.
The Accreditation Unit can guide you through the diplomatic, consular and official accreditation process and provide plenty of information on related matters. We also manage the Diplomatic List.
Where to Begin?
All accreditation directives that apply to Canada’s diplomatic corps appear on the Office of Protocol’s website under Policies and Guidelines, including the following essential policies:
- Policies and Guidelines Governing the Accreditation of Foreign Representatives
- Military and Defence Attaché Accreditation Process
- Career Consular Officers Appointment Process
- Honorary Consular Officers Appointment Process
Because of the Canadian federal system, certain obligations and goals related to the presence of diplomatic missions and international organizations, as well as services such as the issuance of licence plates, cannot be carried out without the cooperation of provincial governments. We work closely with the following authorities:
- Provincial Protocol Offices
- The Ontario Ministry of Transportation
- The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
- The Canadian Bank Note Company
Upon request, we can help you connect with contacts in the above-mentioned government agencies.
If you are a member of a diplomatic mission, an international organization or a representative office and wish to discuss a current accreditation application, you may contact the designated Accreditation Officer:
- Countries from Afghanistan to China; France; Pakistan call 343-203-3016
- Colombia to Ireland; Holy See; Cospas–Sarsat Program (COSPAS–SARSAT), Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units (EGMONT), Institut de l'Énergie et de l'Environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF), International Network on Water – Environment and Health (INWEH), Inter–American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Multilateral Fund, SCBD, Institute for Statistics and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UIS–UNESCO), Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), Office of the European Union (EU), and the Palestinian General Delegation (PGD) call 343-203-3012
- India to Mauritius; Russia; Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) call 343-203-3019
- Mexico to Serbia; Eastern Caribbean States; International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO–Secretariat and Delegation) call 343-203-3020
- Seychelles to Zimbabwe; Saudi Arabia, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), Taipei Economic and Cultural Office(TECO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) call 343-203-3017
If you are seeking general information on the scope of application of Canadian policies pertaining to the accreditation of foreign representatives, if you are interested in a particular program, or if you would like to comment on the accreditation program, the Unit Manager will respond or direct you to the information and links you need. The Manager, Accreditation and Registrar, can be reached at at 343-203-2983 or by email: Office of Protocol. Requests for information and questions submitted in writing must be as clear, precise and detailed as possible so that we can respond in a timely and accurate manner.
The Accreditation Unit is usually open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, but is closed on statutory holidays. Please note that foreign representatives cannot meet with an Office of Protocol officer without an appointment.
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