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.
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:
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:
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:
If you want 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 613–944–0096 or by email: email@example.com. 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.