Canada and Germany enjoy close and friendly relations, reflected in their active cooperation on the international stage as well as their healthy economic and investment relations. Moreover, both countries benefit from their strong cultural and academic connections and people-to-people contacts.
The embassy is situated in the heart of Berlin, Leipziger Platz 17, where the Berlin Wall used to divide the East and West of the city. The building was opened in 2005 by the then Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.
Canada has consulates in Munich and Düsseldorf, which focus on the promotion of trade and investment relations. The provinces of Alberta and Ontario also have offices in Germany, co-located in the Munich consulate, and the province of Quebec maintains offices in both Berlin and Munich.
The friendships and family ties that exist between Canadians and Germans from all walks of life are a major aspect of bilateral relations. According to the Canadian Tourism Commission, 277,000 Germans visited Canada in 2012, ranking fourth after the US, the UK and France, and contributing around 420 million dollars to the Canadian economy.
Almost 10 percent of all Canadians (3,203,300), concentrated in the regions of Ontario and central Canada, claim German ancestry of some kind (2011). 2,254 people emigrated from Germany to Canada in 2011. 1,967 Germans went to Canada to attend a school or university and 6,696 to work there temporarily, 5,000 under the International Experience Canada program.
Apart from its embassy in Ottawa, Germany has consulates in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. A number of Washington-based diplomats responsible for specific fields are accredited to Canada too.
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