Consulates offer the same functions as an Embassy, from assistance with passports and birth registration to visas for foreign citizens to visit, study, and work in the United States. They also provide educational programs and additional services. U.S. consulates are typically located in main cities in foreign countries, with the Embassy found in the capital. If you're these services in Canada, you'll find U.S. consulate offices across the country, and the U.S. Embassy in the national capital of Ottawa.
Over the years, Canada and the U.S. have formed a very stable, unique relationship. While the U.S. has a much larger population, Canada has more land. Regardless of any differences, these countries share not only the longest border in the world but economic ties, culture, and history.
U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Canada
Before you visit the U.S. Embassy or any of the U.S. consulates in Canada, call ahead, as many services are by appointment only and are offered at irregular hours. Be prepared by having all the necessary items with you for your visit. Nothing is more frustrating than getting to a government office only to be turned away—even more bothersome than waiting on hold on the telephone, so call and check local websites before you go. Also, U.S. travelers to Canada are encouraged to register their trips abroad online.
The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa
Near the U.S. border and Montreal lies Ottawa in southern Ontario, on the Ottawa River.
The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa features prominent architecture revealing a bridge, emphasizing the important collaboration between the two countries.
The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa provides services for Eastern Ontario (Kingston, Lanark, Leeds, Prescott, Renfrew, Russell, and Stormont) and those parts of the Quebec regions of Outaouais and Abitibi-Temiscamingue.
- 490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G8
Vancouver is a coastal city in the south of British Columbia, in western Canada. It's highly rated across the world for quality of life and livability and is one of the most diverse cities in the country both ethnically and linguistically.
This office provides services for British Columbia and Yukon Territory.
- 1075 W. Pender St., Vancouver, B.C. V6E 2M6
Calgary is Alberta's largest city, in the south of the province, where the Bow River and the Elbow River meet. The city is regularly ranked high for its quality of life. Calgary was the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games in 1988.
This consulate provides services for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories.
- 615 Macleod Trail, S.E., Rocky Mountain Plaza Building, Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T8
Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is known worldwide as a highly cosmopolitan and very culturally diverse city with popular business, finance, and arts components. The country's most populous city is found along the northwestern part of Lake Ontario.
This consulate provides services for Ontario (except for Eastern Ontario).
- 360 University Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5G 1S4
Montreal is Quebec's biggest city, in which most of the population speaks French and English and is passionate about the arts, food, and life. The city has four clear seasons and is located on the Island of Montreal in the Saint Lawrence River.
This consulate provides services for southern Quebec, encompassing the Laurentides, Lanaudiere, Laval, Montreal, Montregie, Estrie, and the southern parts of Centre-du-Quebec, including Drummondville.
- 1155 rue St. Alexandre, Montreal, Quebec H3B 3Z1
Quebec City is Quebec's capital on the Saint Lawrence River, and is known for its Old Town being a Unesco World Heritage site. It has four distinct seasons and most of its residents are native French speakers.
This office provides services for regions of Quebec north and east of the Montreal and Ottawa districts, plus Nunavut.
- 2 rue de la Terrasse-Dufferin, Quebec, Quebec G1R 4T9
Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital, is an important economic and artistic hub. The multicultural population is growing in this Atlantic coastal city. The downtown offers a popular waterfront and shopping area.
This office provides services for New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI, and the French islands of St. Pierre & Miquelon.
- 1973 Upper Water St., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 0A9
Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba dubbed the "Gateway to the West"—a transportation and railway center. It's located where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, only 70 miles north of the U.S. border.
Ordinary Consular services are not available through this office. In case of emergency, please contact the Calgary Consulate. Officials there may refer the matter to Winnipeg, on a case-by-case basis.
- 201 Portage Ave., Suite 860, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3K6