Prime Minister announces appointment of Canadian Ambassador to China

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the appointment of Jennifer May as Canada’s Ambassador to China.

Ms. May’s experience in the Public Service of Canada spans more than 30 years and spans three continents. She was recently named Canada’s Ambassador to Brazil in 2019 and previously worked in Canadian diplomatic missions in Europe, Latin America and Asia, including Beijing. She began her career at the Department of External Affairs in 1990.

As Ambassador to China, Ms. May will lead Canada’s important work in upholding democratic values, human rights and the rule of law. She will play a vital role in advancing Canada’s priorities in its relationship with China, including supporting our long-standing economic and trade ties as well as the people-to-people relationship in our countries.


“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer May as Canada’s Ambassador to China. A dedicated public servant, Ms. May has many years of varied experience in international missions. This experience, along with his extensive knowledge of Asia, will enable him to manage this important bilateral relationship and promote Canada’s interests in China. »

The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada


  • Canada is represented by an embassy in Beijing and consulates general in Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai. These diplomatic missions are supported by a secondary network of ten trade offices, spread across the country, which are operated under an agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation. China has an embassy in Ottawa and consulates general in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
  • The relationship between Canada and China is based on close ties between their populations: more than 1.8 million Canadians are of Chinese origin, Chinese languages ​​are the most spoken languages ​​in Canada after English and French, and Chinese-born immigrants make up one of the largest immigrant groups in Canada.

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