The Delegation of the European Union to Canada was established in 1976. It is a fully-fledged diplomatic mission and works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States. The Head of the Delegation is formally accredited as the official representative of the European Union to the Government of Canada with the rank and courtesy title of Ambassador. The Delegation has three sections:
- Political and Public Affairs
- Trade and Economic Section
The Delegation's main role, vis-à-vis the Canadian authorities and other groups, is to promote in Canada the positions and policies of the European Union and (as defined in the EU Treaty) those of the European Union as a whole. It conducts an active public diplomacy and information service, aimed at informing Canadians about current developments in the European Union. The Delegation also keeps the Union in Brussels abreast of significant developments in Canada.
The Delegation is a natural point of contact between the EU and the Canadian authorities, as well as for others in Canada wishing to know more about the EU and its policies, such as the media, academics, and the business community.
The Delegation is happy to receive any mail, fax, e-mail and telephone inquiries about the EU and its policies or about EU-Canada relations and will attempt to reply to them promptly.