Embassy of Canada

501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

(Archives- Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square Metro)

The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.  is Canada’s main diplomatic mission to the United States. The embassy building is at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C. between the Capitol and the White House, just north of the National Gallery of Art.  Architect Arthur Erickson’s combination of modernism and neoclassicism evokes I.M. Pei’s design for the National Gallery of Art’s East Building across Pennsylvania Avenue.  Canada has the embassy closest to the Capitol and is the only country to have its embassy along the Presidential inaugural route between the Capitol and the White House.

The Embassy was officially opened by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on May 3, 1989. The building houses approximately 265 Canadian diplomatic and locally engaged staff. The Embassy houses representatives from two provinces (Ontario and Alberta) and 13 Canadian federal government agencies including Global Affairs Canada, Industry Canada, Transport Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Department of National Defence, the Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, amongst others.

The Embassy of Canada hosts numerous events throughout the year for visiting ministers as well as for a wide range of diplomatic, military, and public functions. In addition to its diplomatic role, the Embassy handles consular services and assists with international business development for the surrounding states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.



  • Green, Yellow Lines, Archives- Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square