March 11, 2020
In the morning, the Governor General received the letters of credence of five new heads of mission during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Afterwards, she hosted a discussion with women heads of mission in Canada to hear about their success stories.
Upon their arrival in Canada, and before they can carry out their duties as heads of mission, new ambassadors, as well as new high commissioners of countries for which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not head of State, must be officially welcomed by the governor general of Canada. High commissioners representing countries for which The Queen is the head of State are formally introduced to the prime minister of Canada. Letters of credence are the official documents by which new heads of diplomatic missions are presented by their head of State as their official representative.