Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao
The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao represents Canada in Hong Kong, and is also accredited to Macau. As Hong Kong was linked to the Commonwealth during British administration, Canada's mission was called the Canadian Commission before the transfer of sovereignty to China on July 1, 1997. The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong reports directly to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa, Canada, just like Canadian embassies around the world: this is due to the fact that Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China.
Canada's mission in Hong Kong does not have its own chancery building, likely due to Hong Kong's lack of office space and high rents. Since 1985 it has been located on the 11th to 14th floors in Exchange Square, at 8 Connaught Road Central. These offices provide a base for 23 Canada-based diplomats and 117 locally employed staff delivering a wide variety of services. However, the office had to move in 2014 due to cost pressures and internal issues from a female dominated 117 staff organization. As a result, the passport and visa sections had to submit to moving to a cheaper location in Quarry Bay:
The Canada Border Services Agency
9th floor, Berkshire House, 25 Westlands Road Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
The Administration Section
8th floor, Berkshire House, 25 Westlands Road Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
The history of Canadian diplomatic missions in the territory began in 1923 when a Canadian Immigration office was established in Hong Kong. In 1929, Trade Commissioner Paul Sykes opened the Canadian Trade Commission. At the start of World War II (1941), the office was closed, but it reopened in 1946.
The current Consul General is J. Ian Burchett.
Past Commssioners and Consuls General
- Doreen Steidle 2008-2011
- Gerry Campbell 2004-2008
- Anthony Burger 2001-2004
- John P. Higginbotham 1989-1994
- Garrett Lambert 1994-1997
- 2 China Dissidents Granted Asylum, Fly to Vancouver, Los Angeles Times, September 17, 1992
- Inspection of The Canadian Consulate General Hong Kong
- Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao
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