Message from the Ambassador

As the Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and together with my team, I welcome you.

This appointment makes me feel happy. Being a dynamic person, one of my goals is to visit all of the Dominican Republic to learn as much as possible about the beauties offered by this country. Another of my goals is to actively participate in sports-related activities, since I'm an amateur cyclist and baseball lover.

Having the opportunity to represent Canada in the Dominican Republic is a great honor. It is the continuation of the long and fruitful road we have traveled together. Our countries share over 60 years of diplomatic relations and more than a century of commercial relations, which started with the basic exchange of molasses, to Canada becoming the second largest direct investor in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is a valued partner for Canada, whom we share a common vision on the importance of regional security, human rights, the rule of law and democracy. These priority issues are framed in the Canadian "Commitment to the Americas," which focus on finding opportunities fostering mutual economic growth, strengthening institutions and building lasting relationships with partners.

Our commitment is to continue strengthening these relations through collaboration in various fields, both social and economic, to promote prosperity, security and good governance.

In addition, the direct contact between the people ensures the growth of the relations. Undoubtedly, the warmth and welcome that the Dominican Republic has given to my fellow Canadians have made this country the third major destination for Canadian tourists in the region. More than 750,000 of them visit the country each year and many return delighted to repeat the experience.

Besides, institutional linkages and collaboration in various sectors and the cooperation deepen mutual understanding and provide space for joint work. The Canadian academic offer is very broad and encompasses all provinces. The embassy is pleased to support the development of academic agreements and scholarship programs of which more than 150 students have benefited. In the area of cooperation, the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives provides funding for modest projects in areas related to values we both share.

You will find on our website, information related to the services offered at the Embassy, the bilateral relations and two-way trade, as well as general information on Canada for people interested in learning about our country or studying over there. You will also find relevant information for Canadians wishing to visit the Dominican Republic and discover this fascinating country.

Feel free to browse through these pages and discover a new world shared between our countries. I also invite you to follow our Facebook page and our twitter account: @EmbCanRD

Welcome and I hope you find this tool very useful!

Steve Côté
Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

Biography- Ambassador Steve Côté

Steve Côté (BAA [Finance], Université Laval, 1995) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996 as a management and consular officer. He was posted overseas to the Canadian embassy in Uruguay from 1997 to 2000, the Canadian embassy in Mexico from 2000 to 2002 and the Canadian embassy in Spain from 2002 to 2006.

In Canada, Mr. Côté worked between 2006 and 2012 at the department’s Missions Services Bureau as senior adviser (International Platforms Branch), the Invest in Canada Bureau as director of the Coordinating Group for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and for the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) as ministerial liaison officer. During that period, Mr. Côté also worked in the Privy Council Office as senior operations adviser to the Afghanistan working group. Mr. Côté has served at the Canadian embassy in Colombia since 2012 as head of the management and consular programs.

He has received a number of recognitions, including the Deputy Ministers’ Award of Excellence in Policy and Program Development at the 2010 Olympics in June 2010.