U.S. President Joe Biden's long-awaited Canada visit to happen March 23-24

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden will travel to Ottawa on March 23 for his first in-person visit to Canada since taking office in 2021.

The White House says Biden will spend two days in Canada, during which he will sit down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

A visit to Canada is customarily one of a new U.S. president's first foreign trips, but the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way of that tradition when it came to Biden.

Indeed, Biden's second positive test for COVID-19 last year was one reason a subsequent plan for a summertime visit had to be scrapped.

A detailed itinerary of the president's visit has not been released, but the House of Commons will be sitting while he's in town.

The president will address Parliament, which his former boss, then-president Barack Obama, did to great fanfare in June 2016.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 9, 2023.

The Canadian Press