The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that comprehensive travel insurance, including medical insurance, is obtained before travelling to Canada. Travellers should note that the Irish government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.
Area: 9.99 million sq km
Population: 34.6 million people.
Capital City: Ottawa.
Languages: English and French
Currency: Canadian Dollar: 1 Dollar is made up of 100 cents.
Government: Canada is a parliamentary democracy, a federation, and a constitutional monarchy
Legal System: Common law system outside of Quebec, where civil law based on the French civil model prevails
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General David Johnston (since 01 September 2010).
Head of Government: Prime Minister Stephen Harper (6 February 2006)
Safety and Security
CONSULAR ASSISTANCE FOR IRISH CITIZENS IN CANADA
In the event of an emergency, or for advice and assistance, you may contact the Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa on +1 613 233 6281. Intending travellers are advised to register their details with the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Most visits to Canada are trouble-free. You are advised to take the
usual precautions for your safety and security as you would at
The threat from terrorism is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Most visits to Canada are trouble-free. The incidence of crimes such as mugging, bag snatching and pick pocketing are comparable with any major city. Take only the minimum amount of cash, credit cards and personal ID necessary when you go out.
In the event of theft, contact the nearest police station and obtain a police report, which is necessary when applying for a replacement passport or insurance claim.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Summer thunderstorms are fairly frequent in most parts of Canada, with some becoming severe and potentially life threatening. May to September are the prime tornado months with the peak season in June and early July. Listen to local weather bulletins and check the National Hurricane Centre, Environment Canada and The Weather Network websites. This is especially important if camping or travelling by recreational vehicle.
Forest fires can break out at any time, regardless of the season. Please heed local warnings and monitor news bulletins for latest details on local outbreaks. For more information visit the Environment Canada website.
During the winter, highways can be closed because of snow storms and avalanches. Even when roads remain open, winter driving conditions may still be treacherous. Listen to local weather bulletins and check the The Weather Network website. Always comply with avalanche advisories and don’t enter closed trails. For more information and avalanche bulletins check the Canadian Avalanche Foundation.
For entry requirements to Canada, please contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate .
It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR MISSIONS IN CANADATop