We are the principal UK diplomatic post in Canada. Along with consulates general in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary, we are responsible for all aspects of the bilateral relationship with Canada.

We work closely with the Canadian government and partners across the country to develop and maintain a wide range of substantive partnerships of real value to both countries. These partnerships cover business, defence, science and innovation, education, and culture. We also support the large number of British nationals who visit or live in Canada.

Our services

Travel advice

Visit our travel advice for Canada for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.

Passports and emergency travel documents

How to renew or replace your British passport if you are outside the UK and information on getting replacement travel documents if your passport is lost or stolen.

Visas

For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply visit the visas and immigration section of this website.

Living in Canada

Information for British nationals living in Canada who need information about services that are not provided by our high commission or consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.

Births, deaths and marriages

Understanding your legal requirements in Canada and how you can register a birth or death, and information on legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

Legalisation service

Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.

Notarial and documentary services

Information about the notarial and documentary services available at the British High Commission or Consulates-General in Canada. UK law says we have to charge for some services. See our list of consular fees.

List of lawyers

A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Canada. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government

Prisoner pack

Explanation of the prison system in Canada for British nationals.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
  • do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters

What our consulate cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Our people

Howard  Drake OBE

Howard Drake OBE

British High Commissioner to Canada

Contact us

British High Commission Ottawa

80 Elgin Street
Ottawa Ontario K1P 5K7
Canada

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

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British Consulate-General Toronto

777 Bay Street, Suite 2800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2G2
Canada

Telephone: 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays). Emergency consular service for British nationals is available out of hours.

Public access is by appointment only.

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British Consulate-General Montreal

2000 McGill College Avenue
Suite 1940

Montreal Quebec H3A 3H3
Canada

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm (commercial enquires only)

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British Consulate-General Calgary

3000-150 6 Ave SW
Calgary Alberta T2P 3Y7
Canada

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 2:30pm (commercial enquires only)

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British Consulate-General Vancouver

1111 Melville Street, Suite 800
Vancouver British Columbia V6E 3V6
Canada

Telephone: 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays). Emergency consular service for British nationals is available out of hours.

Public access is by appointment only.

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