Canada

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Canada is the largest country in North America by land area, and the second largest in the world, behind Russia.

Regions

Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)

Quebec

Ontario

Prairies (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan)

British Columbia

The North (Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon)


Transport

Companies

Accommodation

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Food

Connectivity

Busking

Visa

Visitors from most countries will be required to apply for a tourist visa in advance before travelling to Canada.

Passport

Tourists must hold a passport valid for a least six months prior to arrival in Canada. United States citizens travelling by land or sea do not need to show a passport until at least 2009, and can use a birth certificate and government-issued photo identification card (such as a current driver's license) in lieu of a passport. U.S. citizens travelling to Canada by air must hold a passport.

Visa requirements

Many people do not require visas to enter Canada, including:

  • Citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, and Western Samoa;
  • Persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (Green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence.
  • British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom;
  • Citizens of British dependent territories who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands;
  • Persons holding a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region passport issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China;

Types of visa and cost

There are three main types of temporary resident visas:

  • Single-entry visas allow one entry only to Canada within the validity of the visa.
  • Multiple-entry visas allow unlimited entries to Canada within the validity of the visa.
  • Transit visas allow for a short stop-over (maximum 48 hours) entry to Canada en route to another country. It can be granted for a single or multiple entries, depending on the applicant’s travel requirements. Example: If your return travel is also through Canada, you should request a transit visa valid for two entries.

The validity of a visa is determined by a visa officer. Single-entry visas are normally valid for six months, and multiple-entry visas may be valid for longer periods. The validity date is the period by which you may enter Canada.

A single-entry visa is $75 and a multiple-entry visa is $150. If your whole family is applying together for either single-entry or multiple-entry visas, the fee is $400. There is no fee for a transit visa.

Useful tips

  • In most cases, you will be required to show documented proof of ties to your home country, such as letters from your employer, salary receipts, deeds on properties, bank and credit card statements, old passports bearing proof of previous travel abroad, and letters of invitation.

Canadian embassies and/or consulates

A complete listing of Canadian embassies abroad can be found at: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/main/foreign/fordest/foreign_view_client-en.asp

  • Argentina

Canadian Embassy - Buenos Aires Tagle 2828 C1425EEH Buenos Aires Argentina Tel: 54 (11) 4808-1000 Fax: 54 (11) 4808-1111

  • Australia

Canadian High Commission - Canberra Commonwealth Ave Canberra ACT 2600 Australia Tel: 61 (2) 6270-4000 Fax: 61 (2) 6270-4081

Canadian Consulate General - Sydney Level 5, Quay West Building 111 Harrington Street New South Wales 2000 Australia Tel: 61 (2) 9364-3000 Fax: 61 (2) 9364-3098

  • Brazil

Canadian Embassy - Brasilia Av das Nações, Quadra 803, Lote 16 70410-900 Brasilia DF Brazil Tel: 55 (61) 3424-5400 Fax: 55 (61) 3424-5490

Canadian Consulate General - Rio de Janiero Av Atlântica 1130 - 5th Floor Atlântica Business Center Copacabana 22021-000 Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil Tel: 55 (21) 2543-3004 Fax: 55 (21) 2275-2195

Canadian Consulate General - São Paulo Av das Nações Unidas 12901 - 16th Floor 04578-000 São Paulo SP Brazil Consular Services Tel: 55 (11) 5509-4321 Fax: 55 (11) 5509-4260 Visa and Immigration Tel: 55 (11) 5509-4343 Fax: 55 (11) 5509-4262

  • China

Canadian Embassy - Beijing 19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Chao Yang District Beijing 100600 China Tel: 86 (10) 6532-3536 Fax: 86 (10) 6532-5544

Canadian Consulate - Chongqing Metropolitan Tower, Suite 1705 Wu Yi Lu, Yu Zhong District Chongqing 400010 China Tel: 86 (23) 6373-8007 Fax: 86 (23) 6373-8026

Canadian Consulate General - Guangzhou China Hotel Office Tower, Suite 801 Liu Hua Lu Guangzhou 510015 China Tel: 86 (20) 8666-0569 Fax: 86 (20) 8667-2401

Canadian Consulate General - Hong Kong 11-14th Floors, Tower One Exchange Square 8 Connaught Place, Central Hong Kong SAR China Tel: (852) 3719 4700 Fax: (852) 2847 7561

Canadian Consulate General - Shanghai American International Center West Tower, Suite 604 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu Shanghai 200040 China Tel: 86 (21) 6279-8400 Fax: 86 (21) 6279-8401

  • India

Canadian High Commission - New Delhi 7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110 021 India Tel: (91-11) 4178-2000 Fax: (91-11) 4178-2020

Canadian Consulate General - Chandigarh SCO #54-56, Sector 17-A Chandigarh 160 017 India Tel: (91-172) 505-0300 Fax: (91-172) 505-0320

Canadian Consulate - Chennai 18 (Old 24), 3rd floor YAFA Tower Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam Chennai 600 034 India Tel: (91-44) 2833 0888 Fax: (91-44) 5215 9393

Canadian Consulate General - Mumbai 4th Floor, 41/42 Maker Chamber VI Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, Nariman Point Mumbai 400 021 Maharashtra, India Tel: (91-022) 2287-6027-30 Fax: (91-022) 2287-5514

  • South Africa

Canadian High Commission - Pretoria 1103 Arcadia Street Private Bag X13 Hatfield 0028, Pretoria South Africa Tel: 27 (12) 422-3000 Fax: 27 (12) 442-3052

  • United Kingdom

Canadian High Commission - London Canada House Consular Services Trafalgar Square London SW1Y 5BJ England, United Kingdom Tel: 44 (20) 7258-6600 Fax: 44 (20) 7258-6533

  • United States

Canadian Embassy - Washington 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC USA 20001 Tel: 1 (202) 682-1740 Fax: 1 (202) 682-7726

Canadian Consulate General - Atlanta 1175 Peachtree Street 100 Colony Square, Suite 1700 Atlanta, Georgia USA 30361-6205 Tel: 1 (404) 532-2000 Fax: 1 (404) 532-2050

Canadian Consulate General - Boston 3 Copley Place, Suite 400 Boston, Massachusetts USA 02116 Tel: 1 (617) 262-3760 Fax: 1 (617) 262-3415

Canadian Consulate General - Buffalo HSBC Center, Suite 3000 Buffalo, New York USA 14203-2884 Tel: 1 (716) 858-9500 Fax: 1 (716) 858-9562

Canadian Consulate General - Chicago Two Prudential Plaza 180 North Stetson Avenue, Suite 2400 Chicago, Illinois USA 60601 Tel: 1 (312) 616-1860 Fax: 1 (312) 616-1878

Canadian Consulate General - Dallas St Paul Place 750 North St Paul Street, Suite 1700 Dallas, Texas USA 75201 Tel: 1 (214) 922-9806 Fax: 1 (214) 922-9815

Canadian Consulate General - Denver 1625 Broadway, Suite 2600 Denver, Colorado USA 80202 Tel: 1 (303) 626-0640 Fax: 1 (303) 572-1158

Canadian Consulate General - Detroit 600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1100 Detroit, Michigan USA 48243-1798 Tel: 1 (313) 567-2340 Fax: 1 (313) 567-2164

Canadian Consulate General - Los Angeles 550 South Hope Street, 9th Floor Los Angeles, California USA 90071-2627 Tel: 1 (213) 346-2700 Fax: 1 (213) 346-2767

Canadian Consulate General - Miami 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1600 Miami, Florida USA 33131 Tel: 1 (305) 579-1600 Fax: 1 (305) 374-6774

Canadian Consulate General - Minneapolis 701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 901 Minneapolis, Minnesota USA 55415-1899 Tel: 1 (612) 332-7486 Fax: 1 (612) 332-4061

Canadian Consulate General - New York City 1251 Avenue of the Americas Concourse Level New York, New York USA 10020-1175 Tel: 1 (212) 596-1628 Fax: 1 (212) 596-1790

Canadian Consulate General - San Francisco / Silicon Valley 580 California Street, 14th floor San Francisco, California USA 94104 Tel: (415) 834-3180 Fax: (415) 834-3189

Canadian Consulate General - Seattle 1501 4th Ave., Suite 600 Seattle, Washington USA 98101 Tel: 1 (206) 443-1777 Fax: 1 (206) 443-9662

Immigration to Canada

Immipedia.ca is an active wiki about immigration into Canada.

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