- Island located in the Caribbean
- Dominica has a rainy season each year from June till November, the rest of the year is rainy but not in large amounts. Dominica also enjoys eight hours of sunlight per day all year long.
- Tropical storms are common because of the location in the Caribbean which is also a region prone to hurricanes which can turn out to be very destructive.
Marriage to a Dominican Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Dominican citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. The Dominican government imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Dominicans as an indirect way of discouraging Dominican citizens from moving to other countries.
You must demonstrate to Dominican officials that they are not currently married to anyone else – either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized – that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Dominica. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Dominican government either in Dominica or via a Dominican embassy.
If you want to bring your Dominican spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for a visitor visa. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our visitor visa page.
Dominican Marriage Basic Requirements
Canadian citizenship can guarantee you a visa to be able to travel to Dominica to get married to your spouse.
To qualify for the spouse visa, the conditions are as follows:
- Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of 18 years and above
- Must be financially stable and able to assist the wife for 3 years after getting permanent residency
- Must be able to support any dependent children for 10 years or until they are 25 years
- Must have adequate housing where the family can live without reliance on state funds
Things to do before leaving Canada for Dominica:
- Go to the registrar of marriage to obtain an affidavit of marital status
- Pay $50 for this affidavit certificate
- Carry original or copy of birth certificate
- If married before, produce a divorce decree
- If widowed, produce certificate of marriage and death certificate of the spouse
Official documents issued in Canada to be used in Dominica should be notarized and legalized before they can be used.
These documents that need validation in Dominica are:
- Affidavit of marital status
- Divorce decree if present
- Former spouse’s death certificate or marriage certificate
- Birth certificate
- Name change certificate
If your Dominican spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Dominican Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Dominican citizen.
How long is the Dominican Marriage document valid?
The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Dominican fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Dominican Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.
List of Dominican Consulates in Canada
Calling Dominica from Canada
Dominica is in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). Treat calling Dominica like making a long distance call to Canada or the US:
Dial 1 – 767 – local number
Calling Canada from Dominica
Because Canada and Dominica participate in the NANP, calling Canada is just a normal long distance call.
Dial 1 – area code – local number
List of Area Codes in Canada
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)
249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)
289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)
343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)
416 / 647 (Toronto)
807 (northwestern Ontario)
|Manitoba||204 / 431||PEI||782 / 902|
418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
Dominica is in Eastern Caribbean Time, which is the same as Atlantic. Dominica does not observe DST.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Difference with Dominica
# of Hours during DST
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||Dominica is 4 hours ahead||Dominica is 3 hours ahead|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||Dominica is 3 hours ahead||Dominica is 2 hours ahead|
|Saskatchewan||Dominica is 2 hours ahead||Dominica is 2 hours ahead|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario)||Dominica is 2 hours ahead||Dominica is 1 hour ahead|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||Dominica is 1 hour ahead||Same Time|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||Same Time||Dominica is 1 hour behind|
|Newfoundland||Dominica is 30 minutes behind||Dominica is 90 minutes behind|
Emergency Contact Information for Canadians in Dominica
There is no Canadian diplomatic mission in Dominica. Contact the Canadian High Commission in Barbados for Assistance.
High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown
Bishop's Court Hill
Telephone: (246) 629-3550
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Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for Dominica
Religion in Dominica
Dominica has a diverse mix of cultures and there is freedom of worship. The majority of the population follows Roman Catholic Church which is 61%.
The second biggest denomination is Evangelical at 18% of the population. The rest of the Churches are Seventh Day Adventist at 6% and Methodist 3.7%.
There are other smaller groups of faiths such as Rastafarians, Jehovah Witnesses, Anglicans, Muslims, Nazarene, Church of Christ, Brethren Christian and Baha’i.
According to statistics 6% of the population does not belong to any religion.
Romantic, Scenic and Historic Places in Dominica
This lovely beach is located in Calibishie in Dominica. It is an ideal location for surfing and all other water sports. It is also a very romantic getaway for married couples.
Cabrits Historical and Marine Park
This is a reserve with a rich history preserved in a natural environment. Some of the attractions are a museum and historical artefacts.
Victoria Falls – Delices
Not to be confused with their far larger, far more famous namesake in Zimbabwe, these falls are in Delices. They are a major tourist attraction.
Boiling Lake – Morne Trois Pitons National Park
This lake is located in Morne Trois Pitons National Park in Dominica, suitable for picnics, hiking and site seeing.
This is a 50 foot water fall with emerald colored water. Nature trails and hiking are activities that tourists can enjoy also enjoy.
Brandy Manor – Portsmouth
This manor is an impressive resort with horseback riding, hiking tours and other outdoor activities that couples on a honeymoon can enjoy while in Dominica.
Aerial Tram – Roseau
This is an overhead walkway suspended above the ground that overlooks lush green vegetation for a spectacular view of the forest. This tramway is located in Laudat town.
Champagne Diving – Roseau
These are naturally formed features from the effects of weather and they attract tourists who marvel at the wonders of nature.
This location is in Roseau.
Dominica Botanical Gardens – Roseau
This is a 40 acre garden with orchids, palms and rare species of trees. Tourists can visit any time of the year and enjoy nature.
Middleham Falls and Ti Tou Gorge – Roseau
Hiking trails and waterfall site seeing are some of the activities offered here.
Old Market Square – Roseau
Tourists who want to see the historical side of Dominica should visit the old market square in the city of Roseau.
Papillote Tropical Gardens – Roseau
These are gardens with lots of flowers and a wide variety of vegetation that blends well with nature creating a harmonious environment for relaxation.
This is a cluster of coral reef that provides life to a variety of marine life making it a tourist haven.
Soufriere Marine Reserve – Scott's Head
This is a marine reserve for rare species of marine life and fish. Exotic species can be found here and tourists get to learn about conservation.
Screw's Sulphur Spa
The most attractive feature about this place is the hot springs and geysers. Tourists can enjoy bathing in hot water and massage services at the spa.
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