Travel Advisory: Christmas, New Year’s

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into the United States this holiday season to plan ahead and anticipate increased traffic volumes. Border traffic volumes are expected to significantly increase during the upcoming holiday weekends.  All travelers are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ to cross

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Statement by Secretary Johnson on Congressional Support for Preclearance Expansion with Canada

I applaud Congress for passing the Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016 on December 10. This legislation enables us to implement the critical 2015 United States and Canada Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance (LRMA).

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U.S. Marines and Navy bring HO-HO-HOliday spirit to the Ronald McDonald House

Christmas came early this year for more than a dozen families staying at Ronald McDonald House Ottawa – all thanks to the United States Marine Corps detachment and U.S. Navy personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. The Marines and sailors delivered more than 200 gifts this morning, with the help of U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, CTV Ottawa’s

The United States and Canada: The Strength of Partnership

“Our exceptional and unique ties are rooted in a common border that stretches for 5,525 miles, over 200 years of closely interwoven history and culture, our largest economic relationship worldwide, our similar values.”

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Ambassador Heyman’s Opening Remarks at the SelectUSA Canada Conference

“Because the Summit has proven so popular, particularly among Quebec companies, we decided to conclude 2016 by organizing the U.S. Mission to Canada’s largest U.S. investment promotion event in Montreal!”

PTSD Speaker Dr. Hayden Duggan in Toronto

On November 28-29, the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto hosted a two-day program with U.S. speaker expert Dr. Hayden Duggan to discuss and draw attention to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma, combat, and stress-related mental health issues, including vicarious trauma, among police, social service providers, medical and military communities across the city of Toronto. During his time here, Dr.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Republished from www.state.gov. John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC November 25, 2016 On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the United States reaffirms our belief that gender-based violence is never acceptable, that women and girls have the right to live free from violence, and that countries are stronger when homes, neighborhoods, and communities are safe

Toronto Consulate Celebrates International Education Week

To celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide and empower youth through international education, the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto visited several schools and universities to celebrate International Education Week. On November 10, 2016, Consul General Juan Alsace spoke to American Studies Students at Glendon College of York University. He gave a short presentation and then answered questions

Flags at U.S. Embassy Ottawa's election night viewing event. Credit US Embassy Ottawa.

U.S. Election Night 2016

The Chateau Laurier Ballroom buzzed with excitement as hundreds of invited guests arrived to join Ambassador Heyman at the U.S. Embassy’s election night event on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Trimmed in red, white, and blue, it was the perfect setting to witness Americans choose their next president. Ambassador Heyman kicked off the evening by welcoming guests and thanking the American

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Toronto Consulate Hosts 2016 United States Election Watch Event

The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto hosted an evening watch event for the 2016 United States Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Artscape’s Daniel Spectrum, a community and cultural hub. United States Consul General Juan Alsace and other consulate staff were joined by local officials such as the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, invited guests as well as

Consulate Toronto Sponsors Political Advertisement Program

On November 6, two days before the U.S. Election, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery hosted the screening of the latest edition of Political Advertisement, a project collaboration between New York City artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese that features a study on U.S. election politics through a visual iconography of political television advertisements from 1952 to 2016. The event,

Toronto Facebook Chat on Shopping in the U.S.

On November 2, 2016, the Public Affairs and Consular Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto hosted a live Facebook chat titled “How do I go Black Friday Shopping in the U.S.” The chat started with a video presentation by Consular Officers Nathan Lindsey and Ann Marie Warmenhoven followed by a lengthy questions and answer session with participants. During

EducationUSA at Toronto’s Father John Redmond Secondary School

On November 3, Toronto Public Affairs Cultural Assistant, Claudia Valladolid, represented Education USA at Father John Redmond Secondary School in Etobicoke, Ontario. This annual university and college fair included over 25 United States institutions and featured break-out and educational counseling sessions for the students. Claudia gave three presentations on Education USA to students, parents and counselors, and answered questions about

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Ambassador Heyman Addresses Embassy Dialogue on Human Trafficking

“It is imperative that we continue to come together in fora like this, within our own governments, and with our colleagues at the municipal, state, and provincial levels to consider how we can most effectively combat human trafficking. “

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Ambassador Heyman and Universities Canada Promote Strengthening Academic Ties between Canada and the United States

Today U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman emphasized the importance of academic exchange opportunities for American students in Canada at an event to mark the launch of a Universities Canada report, titled Heading north: The experience of American students at Canadian universities. Universities Canada President, Paul Davidson joined the Ambassador for the launch, which took place during a meeting of

Ambassador Heyman speaking at the IJC Commissioners Reception in Ottawa. Credit US Embassy Ottawa.

Ambassador Heyman’s Remarks at the International Joint Commission Reception

For more than 100 years, the IJC has enabled the United States and Canadian governments to manage the levels and flows of our shared waters and has provided expert advice and guidance to help us find solutions that meet the needs of both countries.

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CBP, CBSA Announces Special Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center Blitz

Do you want to avoid longer lines and cross the northern border quicker into the U.S. or Canada? Have you been waiting a while to complete your trusted traveler application for Global Entry, NEXUS or FAST? If you answered yes to either of those questions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are here

Secretary Kerry speaks at the annual meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF). Credit State Department.

President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

We’ve been making steady progress to drawing attention to the crime of trafficking, we’re mobilizing resources unprecedented to fight it, and obviously, I hope everybody here will make sure that we’ll make the efforts necessary to make further gains and build on the past successes. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks at the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to

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Launch of Report on American Students at Canadian Universities

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman will launch a report by Universities Canada titled Heading north: The experience of American students at Canadian universities. The Ambassador will be joined by Universities Canada President Paul Davidson for the launch during a meeting of Canadian university presidents in Ottawa. WHAT: Launch of U.S. Embassy-commissioned report Heading North, by Universities Canada WHERE: Governor

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Facebook Chat on U.S. Student Visas

On October 12, 2016, the Public Affairs and Consular Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto hosted a live Facebook chat on U.S. student visas. The chat started with a short video presentation by Consular Officers Amelia VanderLaan and Ann Marie Warmenhoven followed by a Q&A session. During the chat, the officers shared information on how to apply for

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University of Windsor Newspaper Interviews Toronto Consular Officer

University of Windsor’s newspaper “The Lance” covered the U.S. Consulate Toronto’s presentation on U.S. visas for students at the university. The majority of the students who attended the presentation were international students from India and China, with others from countries like Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Iran to name a few. Some students were present on the pretense of just getting

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL/Da’esh Brett McGurk with Canadian Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan.

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL/Da’esh Visits Canada

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk visited Ottawa today for a series of high-level meetings with Canadian officials including Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief of Defense Staff General Jonathan Vance

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Achieving Carbon Neutral Growth in the Airline Industry

“Today the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted an unprecedented global market-based measure (MBM) that puts the international aviation industry on a path toward sustainable, carbon-neutral growth. It builds on over a decade of work by the United States and other ICAO Member States to reduce international aviation emissions by developing new technologies, improved operations, and sustainable alternative fuels. It

Sheila Hicks Exhibition Opening in Toronto

On October 5, 2016, representatives from the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto attended the opening reception for the Sheila Hicks Exhibition, entitled “Sheila Hicks: Material Voices,” at the Textile Museum of Canada (“TMC”). The exhibition was supported by the Consulate in Toronto through the PD grant program. The reception was followed by a VIP preview for program partners, special guests,

Consulate Toronto Hosts Absentee Voter Registration Open House

As part of the Mission’s Absentee Voter Week, the U.S. Consulate Toronto’s Consular and Public Affairs Sections jointly held an Absentee Voter Registration Open House on September 28, 2016. Consular Officers answered questions about receiving an absentee ballot overseas and assisted the U.S. citizens in the absentee voter registration process. Consular Chief Scott Renner was interviewed by CBC and the

Consulate Toronto Participates in Study Abroad Expo

On October 1-2, 2016, alumni from the Killam and Fulbright Programs joined representatives from the Consular and Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto at the Study Abroad Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The team spoke to hundreds of students who were thinking of studying abroad in the USA. High numbers of students visited the

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Ottawa Citizen Style features Mrs. Vicki Heyman

Published September 27, 2016 Vicki Heyman: Lornado’s Lasting Legacy Laura Robin, Ottawa Citizen It’s the hottest part of the afternoon on one of the hottest days of the summer, well over 40 C with the humidity. Vicki Heyman has a miserable head cold that she picked up during two weeks of appointment-packed travel in the North with her husband, U.S. Ambassador

U.S. Embassy Ottawa tests out its pink lighting prior to the building being lit in pink for the month of October. (Credit US Embassy Ottawa)

Embassy to “Light up Pink” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“To honor the memories of those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, recognize the resilience of breast cancer survivors, and increase public awareness of what we can do to combat the disease, the United States Embassy in Ottawa will be lit in pink each night during the month of October.”

Congress to Campus Program Addresses U.S. Presidential Election in Toronto

On Monday, September 26, two former Congressmen, Republican U.S. Representative Steve Kuykendall from California and Democratic U.S. Congressional Representative Martin Lancaster from North Carolina, visited and spoke at three educational institutions in Toronto — Glendon College and McLaughlin College at York University, and the University of Toronto. The speaker series was part of a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department, the

Go Global Expo in Toronto. Credit US Consulate Toronto.

Consulate Toronto Participates in Go Global Expo

On Saturday, September 24 and 25, 2016, representatives from the Killam and Fulbright Programs, and Consular and Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto spoke to hundreds of students who were thinking of studying abroad in the USA at the Go Global Expo at Ryerson University. High numbers of students visited the booth who were interested in

U.S. Embassy, Consulates Launch Voter Outreach Initiatives during Absentee Voter Week

In recognition of the U.S. Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Absentee Voter Week (September 26-October 3), the U.S. Embassy and U.S. consulates throughout Canada will offer a series of events designed to encourage voter participation by U.S. citizens residing in Canada and to provide information on voting procedures for Americans residing outside the United States.

Consulate Toronto Fall Student Outreach Launches At Trent University

On September 21, 2016 Consular Officer Amelia Vanderlaan, Media Specialist Madina Turdieva, and Senior NIV LES Althea Brathwaite, traveled to Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. They presented to students at Trent University on what students should know when applying for a U.S. visa at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. The trip included a consular outreach presentation to an audience of