I know you have been eagerly awaiting my arrival. I am happy to announce that I AM HERE! Ready and willing to work with each and every one of you in advancing Barbados, Barbadians and the Diaspora here in our host country CANADA.
Having just recently come on board I bring you WARM greetings from the Prime Minister, Government of Barbados and all the many Barbadians at home who are very aware of the need for warmth at this time of the year.
I also bring you greetings from Team Barbados at Toronto all of whom are excited to embark on an energized campaign to reposition Barbados and ensure that the diaspora is not only informed and engaged but heavily involved in our quest to bring social and economic transformation to our people here and at home. More than ever before we need to join hands and work together to ensure that no one is left behind, that recapturing favourable market share is not just a catch phrase, but a reality.
I thank all of the members of the organisations, associations and the Missions for their tireless efforts on behalf of BARBADOS. Yes, you all have been working hard, I therefore ask that we not just continue, but redouble our efforts to ensure the success of Barbados and the Diaspora as a whole.
And finally but by no means least, I take this opportunity to say HAPPY 52nd INDEPENDENCE BARBADOS and I look forward to engaging with all of you at the many upcoming events.
God bless BIM on Independence Day, God bless BIM we hope and pray.
Sonia Marville-Carter Consul General
Hon. Sonia Marville-Carter, Consul General Mr. Ferdinand Stephen Gill, Consul Ms. Sophia Lowe, Liaison Officer, Barbados Liaison Service (Consul) Mr. Peter Mayers, Director, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (Consul) Ms. Stacey Hutchinson, Senior Business Development Manager, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (Vice Consul) Mr. Jason Yearwood, Business Development Manager, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (Vice Consul) Mrs. Joy-Anne Cassandra Crichlow, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (Vice Consul) Mr. Neil Weekes, Senior Business Development Officer, Invest Barbados (Vice Consul)
Processing passport applications to be sent to Barbados for issuance by the Chief Immigration Officer
Issuing travel documents on an emergency basis
Assisting Barbadian pensioners residing in Canada
Providing information on resettling in Barbados to Barbadian nationals in Canada
Providing information on:
-Obtaining certified copies of personal records such as birth and marriage certificates - Adopting children in Barbados - Transporting bodies of deceased persons to Barbados for burial
Providing information to non-nationals on:
- Visas - Work permits - Residency Requests - Obtaining Barbadian citizenship
Passports The Civil Aviation Code has mandated that effective Nov 2010; all travelers must be in possession of “Machine Readable Passports”. In this regard the Consulate will no longer be issuing or renewing Barbados passports.
Passports will be issued and renewed by the Immigration Department in Barbados and all applications will be processed by the Consulate for onward transmission to the Chief Immigration Officer, Bridgetown, Barbados. It is in your interest to ensure that all the pertinent sections of the application form are completed and accompanied by the relevant documentation. Applicants should allow for a processing time of approximately six (6) weeks.
The new passport will be issued for ten (10) years and is not renewable. The fee for a passport processed through the Consulate at Toronto is Can $120.00. Payment by cash or bank draft must be made with each application. If submitting an application by mail, do not enclose cash.
Travel Insurance If relatives or friends in Barbados plan to visit you or you are aware of their plans for a trip abroad, you should advise them to purchase travel insurance. You may also purchase travel insurance for relatives or friends visiting you, to cover the period of their visit. More often than not we enjoy problem free travel but we should be prepared for the occasion when misfortune might arise. Travel insurance is a small investment, the benefits of which could significantly reduce the stress and anxieties caused by unforeseen circumstances. Always remember the Boys Scouts motto: “be prepared”
Network Barbados In its efforts to embrace Barbadians in the Diaspora, the Government of Barbados is encouraging all nationals to register with the Consulate. The aim is to compile a comprehensive database of Barbadians in the various consular jurisdictions. To this end the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has designed a special form for recording your information. The information supplied is for the official use of the Government of Barbados and will be kept in the strictest of confidence. To register, please contact the Consulate at 416-214-9880 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
110 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 205 Toronto, Ontario M2N 6Y8