Intergovernmental Affairs and International Relations

Protocol Office

What is Protocol?

The word "protocol" comes from two Greek words meaning "first" and "glue" and originally referred to the first page glued to a legal document to summarize its contents. Today, "protocol" usually refers to an international code of politeness and diplomacy between nations.

In today's fiercely competitive international arena, proper protocol is simply a set of tools for effective and successful communication. The rules of international protocol are intended to maintain courtesy and politeness in international affairs; between governments, international organizations and their officials. Although there is increasingly more informality in recent diplomatic practice, the rules of protocol should be closely observed. For this reason, the Government of Canada as well as all provincial and territorial governments in Canada have their own protocol offices.

What does the Manitoba Protocol Office do?

Consulting/advisory service on matters of protocol:

Official Visits to Manitoba by:

Winnipeg's Consular Corps

Secretariat to the Order of Manitoba

Ceremonies, such as:

Event / Mission Support