The Consular Corps in Toronto

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The Consular Corps in Toronto

Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs

TORONTO, Nov. 9 - Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Toronto-based Consular Corps is the largest group of consular representatives in Canada outside the nation's capital (and one of the largest in the world). The Consular Corps plays an invaluable role in reporting to their home governments on political and economic matters in our province, and in facilitating visits and exchange programs. Members of the Toronto-based Consular Corps specialize in developing commercial, economic, cultural, and scientific relations between the country they represent and Ontario. Corps officials often provide consular services to immigrant nationals and Canadian citizens living in Toronto and Ontario. Many of the largest immigrant communities cooperate in active cultural programs with these consular posts as well. In this way, consular officials play an important role with the diverse communities that make up Ontario's population. Those countries that require visas of Canadians issue the necessary documents through their offices in Toronto. 101 countries have consular representatives in Toronto. The offices of 55 of these countries are headed by Consuls General or Consuls sent from their capital, while the remainder are headed by permanent Ontario residents who serve in an honorary capacity. Ontario Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dr. Marie Bountrogianni revitalized the concept of an annual one-day tour outside Toronto for Heads of Consular Posts. The Consular Corps tour on Thursday, November 9, 2006, is the second annual tour; last year, Heads of Consular Posts visited Hamilton. Disponible en français www.mia.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Sarah Charuk, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7234, (416) 894-2870 - cell; May Nazar, Communications Branch, (416) 212-4417 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Sarah Charuk, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7234, (416) 894-2870 - cell; May Nazar, Communications Branch, (416) 212-4417