The Papal Visit to Canada secretariat has been created by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. The Papal Visit team is working closely with numerous partners including the Vatican, Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and survivors of residential schools along with government officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels as we prepare for this historic visit.
Information for media
If you are a member of the media and plan on covering the 2022 Visit to Canada of His Holiness Pope Francis, keep your eye on this page. We will update it regularly over the coming weeks with everything you need to know.
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Media representatives on assignment to the 2022 Visit to Canada of His Holiness Pope Francis who wish to participate in the Papal Visit media program, access the media centres or any other Papal Visit venue must obtain media accreditation.
The media accreditation process is open to journalists (print, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media) who are on assignment with a bona fide media organization.
Individuals performing journalistic functions who do not work for a media organization and are unable to provide a letter of assignment will have to provide proof of recent publications under the applicant’s by-line that can be readily found in the public realm.
Government officials, representatives or observers will not be accredited as media.
The application process for media accreditation has now closed, and there will be no opportunity for accreditation on-site. Members of the media who have not yet added the required documentation to their in-progress application should contact [email protected]
Applications will be processed prior to the start of the Papal Visit. Accreditation confirmation will be issued only after a security screening performed by competent Government of Canada authorities.
Should the number of media accreditation applicants exceed capacity, a limit on the number of media applicants permitted per organization will be necessary to accommodate the broadest representation from as many media organizations as possible.
Media representatives who have been approved for accreditation will be provided instructions through email on when and where to pick up their badges.Note that accreditation badges must be worn by media at all times during the Papal Visit. If your badge is lost or stolen, you must immediately go to the Accreditation Office.
Media representatives will have access to a media centre (filing room) with limited seating, equipped with power and Internet access, in Edmonton, Québec City and Iqaluit.
In Edmonton, the Media Centre will be located at the Edmonton Convention Centre at 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.
In Québec City, the Media Centre will be located at the Hilton Québec at 1100 René Lévesque East, Québec City, Quebec.
In Iqaluit, the Media Centre will be located at the Aqsarniit Hotel at Federal Road, Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Additional details on the hours of operation and services will be available in the coming days.
Restricted coverage (pools)
**Please note that media accreditation does not guarantee individual access to all events. We fully anticipate that requests for accreditation will significantly exceed available spaces.**
Coverage of most official events will be limited to media pools for accredited media, and will require specific overpasses for participation. Certain pool events will be restricted to photographers and videographers using hand-held equipment only; no tripods, ladders or boom mikes will be permitted.
Date-specific overpasses and event-specific overpasses will be valid only if displayed together with the Papal Visit media accreditation badge.
It is understood that, post events, media representatives participating in a pool will share their material with their colleagues upon request.
Transportation to Papal Visit sites
Access to official pooled events will be via secured buses only for media pool representatives. Pool media buses will depart from the Media Centre in each city.
Pool participants are to gather one hour prior to departure in a designated area at the Media Centre and go through a security check, before being transported to events. Pool participants must be in possession of a date-specific overpass to board the buses. The buses have strict schedules, so they will depart on time and not wait for latecomers. Pool security screening times and bus departure times will be announced in advance.
While water and light refreshments may be made available at the media centres, media are responsible for their own meals. Pool media travelling to sites on secured buses will not have access to food at the events and are encouraged to bring necessary food and beverages with them.
Dome Productions will be the host broadcaster for the 2022 Visit to Canada of His Holiness Pope Francis.
The host broadcaster will provide HD video of official Papal Visit events, free of copyright and free of charge.
HD video with international sound and multiple translation channels will be accessible through web links available on the www.papalvisit.ca website.
For specific requirements, please contact the host broadcaster at email@example.com.
Temporary importation of production equipment
Some rules apply to the temporary importation of production equipment, such as cameras and editing equipment. Media representatives who transport technical equipment to produce news stories or broadcasts must check Canada’s temporary importation rules to make it easier for them to enter Canada with their equipment.
Radio frequency spectrum and associated radiocommunication systems
In Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED’s) Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications division is responsible for coordinating the radio frequency spectrum and associated radiocommunication systems.
If you are planning to install and/or operate a radio system for the 2022 Visit to Canada of His Holiness Pope Francis (i.e. for voice, data or image transmissions, telemetry, wireless microphones, etc.) and have not yet received authorization from ISED for operation within Canada, the following information will be helpful to you.
Most devices will work in Canada, with HSPA (3G), HSPA+ (4G) and LTE / LTE-A. 5G coverage is available in Edmonton and Québec City.
Media representatives may wish to purchase devices or SIM cards locally from Canadian suppliers such as Bell, Rogers and Telus.
Media representatives are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. In some
centres, accommodation is limited. A limited number of hotel rooms with preferred rates are available for media traveling to Edmonton, Alberta – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. These rates are available until June 30, 2022.
Travelers must possess valid travel documents and, where necessary, a visa for entry into Canada.
Visa requests should be submitted to the Embassy of Canada in the requester’s national capital. For up-to-date information on which countries require visas for travel to Canada, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.
Please note that airlines will not allow boarding in the absence of a valid visa, and visas cannot be obtained upon arrival in Canada.
Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with a valid Canadian visa.
Find out what else you may need to know before visiting Canada here, including using the ArriveCan app to provide mandatory travel information before your entry into Canada.
Many items are prohibited for entry into Canada, including firearms and weapons, including devices such as mace and pepper spray. Certain fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, dairy products and plants are also prohibited or restricted.
All visitors to Canada are responsible for the entire cost of any medical treatment they undergo while in the country. Therefore, it is highly recommended that all media representatives obtain health insurance prior to their arrival in Canada to cover any unforeseen medical expenses. This includes medical care obtained in health facilities in the community, such as hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices.
It is also recommended that media representatives have a copy of their prescriptions (medications, glasses, etc.) available during their stay in Canada.