Embassy of Canada to Poland

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The Embassy of Canada to Poland
Location Warsaw, Poland
Address ulica Jana Matejki 1/5, 00-481
Ambassador Alexandra Bugailiskis
Website [1]

The Embassy of Canada in Warsaw, Poland (French: Ambassade du Canada en Pologne, Polish: Ambasada Kanady w Polsce) is Canada's diplomatic mission to Poland. The Embassy also covers the country of Belarus as part of its mandate. The Embassy is located at ulica Jana Matejki 1/5 in Warsaw, down the street from the Polish Sejm.

History[edit]

Embassy of Canada in Poland in 1970

Prior to 1970, the Embassy of Canada to Poland was located in a rented office on ulica Katowicka. The initial Embassy building was opened in 1970 at ulica Jana Matejki 1/5, which was then torn down for the construction of the current building. The Embassy has a perpetual lease on the grounds from the City of Warsaw.

Designed by architect Voytek Gorczynski, the new facility is more than double the size of the building it replaced, and has won acclaim since its official opening in 2001. The Embassy was named Best Building of the Year in 2001 by Polish Business News, Best Public Building in 2002 by the City of Warsaw, and received a special citation from the Association of Polish Architects for the Best Architectural Design in 2001.[1]

The Embassy architectural design includes an emphasis on open spaces and natural light which represent the Canadian values of transparency and openness. Expanding on these themes are a three storey sky-lit lobby and a double-height multi-purpose room called the Canada Room which is used for formal receptions and presentations. The building is three storeys in height with a French limestone and aluminum exterior.

The Two Rocks Monument[edit]

The Two Rocks Monument

The Two Rocks monument was unveiled in 1999, by the then Prime Ministers of Canada and Poland – Jean Chrétien and Jerzy Buzek. The inscription on the monument says: “These two rocks, one from Poland and the second from Canada, commemorate Polish and Canadian soldiers, who fought side by side in the World War II.” One rock originates from Wilno (Canada) and the other from the Kashubian region in Poland, symbolizing the coming together of the Canadian and Polish people.

On August 21, 2009, the Embassy of Canada in Poland commemorated the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Falaise in France, during which the allied forces of Canada and Poland defeated the German troops. Wreaths were laid by representatives of Canada’s Department of National Defence and by Polish veterans – participants of the battle of Falaise, at the Two Rocks monument, situated in front of the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw.

Embassy sections[edit]

The Embassy is one of Canada's largest missions in Central and Eastern Europe with approximately 13 Canada-based diplomats and 65 locally employed staff working at the chancery and the ambassador's official residence. Currently, there are five sections operating the Embassy:

The Visa Section processes applications for temporary resident and permanent resident visas from citizens and residents of Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

The Trade Section promotes Canada's trade and economic interests in Poland, and supports Canadian companies and their products, services or technologies in the Polish market. This section also offers Polish clients assistance regarding investment and trade opportunities in Canada and will match their sourcing needs with appropriate Canadian products and services.

The Consular Section provides assistance to Canadians travelling, studying or residing in Poland and Belarus.

The Political, Economic, Cultural, Academic & Public Affairs Section has a broad scope of responsibilities in Poland, including promoting bilateral political and parliamentary relations, academic and educational relations, cultural relations, scientific cooperation, press/media, and public affairs. This section is also responsible for political relations with Belarus and International Experience Canada which is a youth mobility program between Canada and Poland.

The Canadian Defence Attaché Section covers military liaison between Canada and Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stowarzyszenie Architektów Polskich, 2001 Awards

Coordinates: 52°13′29″N 21°01′34″E / 52.22472°N 21.02611°E / 52.22472; 21.02611