Arrange an official visit or study tour

Dignitaries and delegations can request to meet with staff or members of Council about:

  • Urban planning and design
  • Sustainability practices
  • Public transportation
  • Affordable housing
  • Multiculturalism
  • Arts and culture
  • Economic development

We consider requests for study tours when there is a clear reciprocal benefit in the form of:

  • A technical exchange of information related to issues important to the City
  • Economic development opportunities

Who can request a visit

Study tours and delegation visits can be initiated by:

  • Embassies in Ottawa and consulates in British Columbia
  • National, state, provincial, and municipal governments
  • National and international mayor's offices
  • Recognized professional organizations and development agencies

How to request a visit

Our external relations and protocol office is the principal point of contact for all visiting dignitaries and delegations. Complete the request form below at least 6 weeks in advance of your planned visit date.

The office reviews all requests to ensure they are legitimate, provide maximum benefit to the City, and offer efficient inter-departmental coordination.

It also ensures that dignitaries and delegations are appropriately hosted and that all cultural and institutional customs are respected.

We do not issue invitation letters for visa purposes.