Honorary Consuls of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada
Honorary consuls are active in many places in addition to the diplomatic missions and consular posts. Honorary consuls are appointed where the establishment of a career consular post would be unjustified, but where the size of the consular district of the responsible mission and the number of resident or visiting Germans nevertheless warrants a local contact point. At present, there are approximately 350 German honorary consuls worldwide. They are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens (in fact they are often citizens of the host country). Given their extensive working experience in the host state, they are well connected and have an intimate knowledge of the conditions on the ground. Thus, they are in a position to provide valuable assistance to Germans in emergency situations.
Honorary consuls are not entitled to perform all official consular acts, nor are they obliged to be constantly present.
There are currently five Honorary Consuls in Canada, who serve the areas of jurisdiction of the Embassy and the Consulates General in Vancouver and Toronto: