Message from the High Commissioner

Welcome to the website of the High Commission of Canada in Jamaica. It is an honour for me to represent Canada in Jamaica. Our two countries have built a productive bilateral relationship and Jamaica is a key partner for Canada in the Caribbean

The staff at the High Commission in Kingston work to deliver a wide range of programs, including consular services, political and economic relations, trade and investment, international education, development cooperation, security cooperation and immigration processing. Through our Consulate offices in Montego Bay (Jamaica), in Nassau (Bahamas), and in Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), we also offer emergency services to the large number of Canadians living in or vacationing in the region.

Canada has identified the Americas, including the Caribbean, as a foreign policy priority, and through our engagement in the region we work to increase mutual economic opportunity, address insecurity and strengthen institutions, and foster lasting relationships with our partners in the Americas. Canada’s long standing engagement with Jamaica, including with government, civil society, business and academic partners, supports our commitment to these objectives.

Because we share a common language and similar systems of government, geographical proximity, and a Commonwealth heritage, Canada and Jamaica enjoy a solid and deep-rooted friendship. We are like-minded partners on many issues, including governance, security and cooperation in international fora. But the presence of extensive diaspora communities in Canada and the large number of tourists, traders, investors and family members who travel back and forth is the glue that binds us together.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about Canada’s bilateral relationships with Jamaica, The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands.

If you are a Canadian resident or citizen visiting, working or living in any of these territories, please take a moment to register online at the Registration of Canadians Abroad webpage, or come by the High Commission of Canada in Kingston, or any of our Consulate Offices in person, so we have your coordinates should we need to assist you in the case of a natural disaster or emergency situation.

I also invite you to follow me on Twitter @peters_lj.


Laurie Peters
High Commissioner

Biography - High Commissioner Laurie Peters

Laurie Peters (BA [English Literature and French], Trent University, 1985) joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2011 as counsellor and head of public affairs at the Embassy of Canada to Japan, a position she held until 2015. During this time, she also served as a senior trade commissioner overseeing the international education and culture industry portfolios. In her most recent work as executive director, public affairs, Ms. Peters has led the international dimension of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation for Global Affairs Canada. In this capacity, she established a team to advance a revitalized public diplomacy program and a strengthened global brand for Canada. Before joining the department, Ms. Peters was the director of public affairs for Aga Khan Foundation Canada. She also worked with Canadian Heritage as the director of communications and public affairs for the Canada Pavilion at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. She spent most of her early career in various management roles at the National Capital Commission, including as director and chief spokesperson for strategic communications.