Governor General, Protocol Office
The Protocol Office of the Governor General is responsible for policy, planning and protocol, events and visitor services, public affairs, program operations and security and household services.
Patricia Jaton, Deputy Secretary, Policy, Program and Protocol, 613-990-9006
Christine MacIntyre, Executive Director, Events, Household and Visitor Services, 613-993-1901
Annabelle Cloutier, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, 613-993-8158
The Protocol Office of the Parliament of Canada complements the work of Parliamentary Exchanges and Parliamentary Associations by lending leadership, expertise and advice on all matters of protocol. The Office ensures that protocol standards are applied to all official visits of foreign parliamentarians and Canadian dignitaries invited by the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, and that visiting dignitaries receive all diplomatic courtesies.
The Protocol Office organizes all official events held on Parliament Hill, such as the welcoming of foreign heads of state and government, or other senior parliamentary dignitaries, addresses to Parliament, official recognition ceremonies, or special high-level parliamentary and ceremonial events.
The Protocol Office is also mandated to organize and manage all parliamentary conferences held in Canada.
Nancy Anctil, Chief of Protocol and Events Management, 613-944-6862
Astrid Ratzel, Protocol Coordinator, 613-943-2733
Kate Bourke, Protocol Coordinator, 613-996-1113
International and Interparliamentary Affairs, 613-943-5959
Address: 131 Queen Street, 5th Floor, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6, Fax: 613-944-7497
(Source: Global Affair Canada, Protocol Office, www.international.gc.ca)
Global Affairs Canada was formerly known as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. The Accreditation Unit of this department is responsible for the accreditation of diplomats and their families, as well as the provision of specific documents once they have assumed their assigned posts in Canada. Any inquiries regarding accreditation can be addressed over the phone with a designated protocol officer or submitted in writing to the Office of Protocol. For more information visit: http://www.international.gc.ca/protocol-protocole/accreditation_unit-unite_accreditation.aspxunite_accreditation.aspx
Magdalena Molaire Calixte, Manager, Accreditation and Registrar: 343-203-3018, email: [email protected]
The Office of Protocol’s CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) Liaison Unit provides services related to visas for the following: foreign representatives or accompanying family members who are eligible for accreditation; domestic workers, as per Household Domestic Worker Employment agreements; children born to foreign representatives while in Canada; continuation of studies following the departure of foreign representatives; and, locally engaged staff.
Telephone: 613-992-0889 Fax: 343-203-3011
The Office of Protocol’s Privileges and Immunities Unit manages the various services and programs available to foreign representatives in Canada in accordance with current bilateral agreements.This office is able to assist foreign representatives with the following items: real property; property taxes; customs clearance and importation of goods for official or personal use; duties and taxes; provincial retail sales taxes; diplomatic and consular bags and other airport courtesies; vehicles; foreign voting in Canada.
Telephone: 613-944-1159 Email: [email protected]
Global Affairs Canada offices are normally open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except statutory holidays.
For advice on the immunities and privileges of accredited foreign representatives,
Heather Harding-Legault, Diplomatic Security and Safety Liaison Officer (RCMP), 343-203-2976
William Guerrero, Assistant Diplomatic Security, 343-203-3013
Quick interpretation chart
|Designation||Diplomatic Agent1||Admin & Tech Staff||Service Staff||Career Consular Officer||Honorary Consular Officer||Consular Employee|
|Obtaining Category of Acceptance and Identity Card||D||J||J||C||None||J|
|Immunity from national service obligations||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Criminal/civil proceedings: can be arrested and detained||No2||No2||Yes||Yes2,3||Yes4||Yes|
|Immunity from legal process, whether criminal or civil||Yes||Subject to limitations under Art. 37(2) of the VCDR||Yes, in respect of acts performed in the course of official duties only||Yes, in respect of acts performed in the exercise of consular functions only||Yes, in respect of acts performed in the exercise of consular functions only||Yes, in respect of acts performed in the exercise of consular functions only|
|Can be compelled to give evidence as witness||No||No||Yes, unless related to official duties||No||Yes, unless related to consular duties||Yes, unless related to consular duties|
|Immunity from jury duty||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Searches, incl. at airports: personal search (everywhere except at airports)||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Airport pre-boarding screen||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Office entry and search||No||No||No||No||Yes5||No|
|Residential entry and search||No||No||Not if part of mission or official residence||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Private motor vehicle search||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Personal baggage search||No6||Yes7||Yes7||Yes7||Yes7||Yes7|
|Immunity from immigration & aliens restrictions, incl. at Canadian points of entry8||No||No||No||No||No||No|