Canadian High Commission, Bridgetown

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High Commission of Canada to Barbados
Location Saint Michael, Barbados
Address Bishop's Court Hill
High Commissioner Ruth Archibald[1]
Canadian High Commission (in Bridgetown)

The High Commission of Canada to Barbados (French: Haut-commissariat du Canada à Barbade) is Canada's main diplomatic mission to Barbados. The exact location is Bishop's Hill Court in Bridgetown, St. Michael. The auspices of the High Commission to Barbados also include issues involving the neighbouring Eastern Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as three British overseas territories: Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat. It also includes consular and trade services for Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten.

The High Commission provides business and consular services to residents and visitors to and from Canada. Additionally, the High Commissioner also serves as the honorary leader of the non-profit Canada Barbados Business Association (CCBA) organisation and a liaison for Canada to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The current resident High Commissioner from Canada stationed in Bridgetown is Ruth Archibald,[2] who has a long career in international diplomacy. The office of the High Commissioner also works with the 3,000-4,000 registered Canadian permanent residents who reside in Barbados.

Canadian immigration services were moved from Barbados to Trinidad in recent years for the purposes of cost savings. This means that all Caribbean people applying to immigrate to Canada from islands surrounding Barbados must apply through the office in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

In 2011 the High Commission investigated relocating as it was believed it might have been built above a subterranean cave.[3]

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  • Canadian diplomatic recognition of independent Barbados was given on 30 November 1966. The High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago was concurrently accredited as High Commissioner to Barbados, though resident in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Smith Lawrence Austin Hayne - Mr. Smith became the first resident Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados, when a High Commission was established in Barbados on 27 September 1973.
  • Power Noble Edward Charles - Since 1983, the High Commissioner to Barbados has also held the position of Commissioner to the British Virgin Islands.

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