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Canada (/ˈkænədə/) is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world's longest land border.
The land that is now Canada has been inhabited for millennia by various Aboriginal peoples. Beginning in the late 15th century, British and French colonial expeditions explored, and later settled, the region's Atlantic coast. France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America to Britain in 1763 after the Seven Years' War. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces. This began an accretion of provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy, culminating in the Canada Act 1982.
Canada is a federal state governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with QueenElizabeth II as its head of state. The country is officially bilingual and multicultural at the federal level, with a population of approximately 35 million as of 2013. Canada's advanced economy is one of the largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed trade networks, especially with the United States, with which it has had a long and complex relationship.
Canada is one of the world's most developed nations, with the ninth highest per capita income globally, and thesixth highest ranking in human development. Subsequently, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of education, government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, and economic freedom. Canada is a recognized middle power and a member of many international institutions, including the G7, G8,G20, NATO, NAFTA, OECD, WTO, Commonwealth of Nations, Francophonie, OAS, APEC, and the United Nations.
President HARPER (born April 30, 1959)
Stephen Joseph Harper PC MP (born April 30, 1959) is the twenty-second and current Prime Minister of Canadaand leader of the Conservative Party. Harper became prime minister when his party formed a minority governmentafter the 2006 federal election. He is the first prime minister from the newly reconstituted Conservative Party, following a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties.
Harper has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Calgary Southwest in Alberta since 2002. Earlier, from 1993 to 1997, he was the MP for Calgary West. He was one of the founding members of the Reform Party, but did not seek re-election, and instead joined, and shortly thereafter led, the National Citizens Coalition. In 2002, he succeeded Stockwell Day as leader of the Canadian Alliance (the successor to the Reform Party) and returned to parliament as Leader of the Opposition. In 2003, he reached an agreement withProgressive Conservative leader Peter MacKay for the merger of their two parties to form the Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected as the party's first non-interim leader in March 2004.
Harper's Conservative Party won a stronger minority in the October 2008 federal election, showing a small increase in the percentage of the popular vote and increased representation in the Canadian House of Commons, with 143 of 308 seats. The 40th Canadian Parliament was dissolved in March 2011, after his government failed ano-confidence vote on the issue of the Cabinet being in contempt of parliament.
In the May 2011 federal election, Harper's Conservative Party won a majority government, the first since the 2000 federal election. His party won 166 seats, an increase of 23 seats from the October 2008 election
High Commissioner’s Welcome
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our webpage.
Canada is represented in Nigeria by the High Commission in Abuja, where our political and development programs are based, and by the Deputy High Commission in Lagos, which handles our commercial and our visa programs. Both missions also help Canadians with consular issues, as does our Honourary Consul in Port Harcourt. You will find more information on our programs and services on this website.
The relationship between our two countries is vibrant and increasingly important, based on shared values such as respect for human rights and multiculturalism, and commitment to democracy and federalism. Canada recognizes Nigeria as a major partner, bilaterally, in Africa, and globally as well. At the bilateral level, Canada is working to expand the range and depth of our political ties, and congratulates Nigeria on her 50th anniversary of independence. We support Nigerians’ democratic aspirations as they prepare for elections in 2011. Canada will work closely with Nigeria to assist in implementing Millennium Development Goals, particularly health care.
Nigeria, with its abundant human and material resources, stands out on the continent for its economic potential. Our commercial ties are growing and we will make every effort to ensure that Nigerian and Canadian businesses can take advantage of opportunities for prosperity. Our people-to-people relationships, including educational and cultural links, have enduring, positive impact on both countries and we will be encouraging expansion in this area too.
Canada and Nigeria have developed a proud tradition of working together internationally and Canada appreciates Nigerian leadership on African and global issues, particularly its strong commitment to peacekeeping. We were delighted to host the President of Nigeria in Canada as part of our chairmanship of the G8 in 2010, and we will continue our partnership in renewing global institutions. Recognizing Nigeria’s major role in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and in the African Union, we look forward to maintaining our close cooperation in these institutions to advance peace, security and prosperity across Africa.
Allow me to conclude by saying that I am honoured to serve in Nigeria, supported by an excellent team of professionals, both Canadian and Nigerian, at a pivotal moment in the life of this country and at a time when our already warm relations are becoming deeper and stronger.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 07:30 – 16:00
Friday: 07:30 – 13:00
Emergency Services – After Office Hours (for Canadian citizens only)
If you require emergency assistance, you may access our 24/7 day Operations Centre in Ottawa, Canada at no charge through the following methods:
- calling the Embassy at (234-9) 413-9910
- calling collect 613-996-8885 / 613-944-1310 (TTY)
- email to email@example.com
- fax to 613-943-1054