Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary May Simon, will visit Germany from October 17 to 21, 2021. She will pay a State visit to Berlin and Frankfurt, and represent Canada at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair.

In Berlin, the Governor General’s program will include meetings with the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.

This year, Canada is the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Canadian program, titled “Singular Plurality”, will focus on innovation in the creative industries, the advancement of women and youth, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Governor General will attend the opening ceremony and dedication of the Canadian pavilion.

The Governor General will also attend a roundtable on Arctic exploration, to be held at the Archaeological Museum in Frankfurt.


“Canada and Germany are linked by both our diversity and our shared values. The Governor General’s state visit to Germany will strengthen Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, climate and environment, women and youth empowerment, and reconciliation. Her Excellency’s participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair will provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate Canadian cultural and literary works internationally.

Fast facts

  • This will be Her Excellency’s first overseas visit since taking office as Canada’s 30th Governor General on July 26, 2021.
  • The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest marketplace for the trading of publishing rights and licenses.
  • Canada and Germany are long-time friends and allies, with strong people-to-people bonds and shared values.
  • Over 3.3 million Canadians have German ancestors.
  • In October, Canadians celebrate German Heritage Month and the nine-day Oktoberfest to recognize the outstanding contributions of people of German descent to Canadian society. German Canadians have played and continue to play a vital role in the growth and development of the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of Canada.
  • Canada and Germany work closely with the G7, G20, NATO and the United Nations to advance our common interests to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world.
  • Canada and Germany are also working together, and with other like-minded democracies, to address threats to democracy and the rules-based international order and to promote respect for human rights.

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