Message from the Acting Consul General

Welcome to the Consulate General of Canada in Miami!

The Canada-Florida relationship is booming at more than $8.7 billion in annual trade.  Canadian companies here -- more than 200 of them -- have recognized Florida's great opportunities by working with Florida business to produce complex machinery and avionics, develop new medicines and health equipment, provide banking and engineering services, and deliver fertilizers and agricultural products to Florida farmers, and hence remain competitive globally. Our companies are also looking at leveraging South Florida as the Gateway to the Americas. 

In the last decade, Florida businesspeople have invested over $12 billion in Canada, with 29 major investments since the recession in 2009 -- largely in response to Canada's sound fiscal management, dynamic and growing economy, significantly lower business costs and quality of education.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service team at the Consulate strives to help Canadian organizations successfully export, establish a presence in this market, tackle market access issues, pursue joint-ventures or strategic alliances, participate in global value chains, and to seek technology and R&D partnerships. They do this by providing on-the-ground intelligence, practical advice on the market and by connecting companies to relevant business and public sector contacts. Our trade commissioners also actively seek out Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities for firms wishing to invest in Canada. Our sectors of focus in Florida are information / communication technologies, clean-tech and life sciences.   

Our Canadian Forces personnel serve alongside US military at four bases across the state, protecting our shared continent, fighting against terrorism in the Middle East and patrolling international waters in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

Canadians are overwhelmingly Florida's top international tourism market, with four million annual visits and $4.4 billion dollars in spending, which represents nearly 40% of all foreign tourists spending in the state.  Canadians are also Florida's foremost foreign purchaser of residential real estate, buying a third of all properties bought by foreign nationals - that's more than all Latin American countries combined! Our consular section helps many of the millions of Canadians visitors and snowbirds who come to Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands each year, including issuance of emergency passports and other travel documents; information on voting abroad, old age security, the Canada Pension Plan and taxation; as well as responding to emergencies such as medical distress situations, arrests/detentions and deaths abroad.  

We are working hard at promoting transparent and open trade, free of protectionism and a vibrant and diversified partnership with Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Most of all, we are striving to provide excellent service to our Canadian community.   

Louise Léger
Acting Consul General

Acting Consul General Louise Léger