Overview of the International and Interparliamentary Affairs Directorate (IIA)

IIA is a joint Senate-House of Commons directorate offering a single parliamentary window to coordinate the Parliament of Canada’s international and interparliamentary relations and activities.

Mission Statement:

To provide exemplary services to parliamentarians in their exercise of parliamentary diplomacy which fosters mutual understanding and trust, enhances cooperation and builds goodwill among legislators.


IIA’s mandate is to support the Speaker of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Commons and other parliamentarians in their promotion of democratic values and Canadian interests, and to contribute to good public governance through the sharing of information and the exchange of best practices.

This is accomplished, in a continually evolving geo-political context, through our three core business lines:

1. Parliamentary Exchanges led by the Speakers, including incoming and outgoing visits and meetings with dignitaries;
2. Parliamentary Associations composed of Senators and Members of the House of Commons that foster links on a bilateral or multilateral basis with foreign counterparts;
3. Protocol and Conferences, activities which involve the planning and organization of official visits, programs and conferences.