On June 15, 2015, Guangzhou Mayor Chen Jianhua and delegation joined Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Councillors to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Guangzhou and Vancouver's sister city relationship.

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.