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Canada Plus – October 2016

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A message from the High Commissioner

Janice CharetteA warm hello to Canada Plus members. I am truly delighted to be here representing Canada in the United Kingdom.

It is an honour to be asked to serve in this role, in this place and at this particularly interesting time in the UK’s history.

First, let me introduce myself. I would describe myself as a proud and dedicated civil servant. My career has spanned eight different government departments and I most recently served as Clerk of the Privy Council, Canada’s most senior public servant and advisor to the Prime Minister. It’s probably worth mentioning that when you didn’t find me at work, you were pretty likely to find me, along with my husband Reg, shivering at a hockey rink cheering on our two (now grown) children, Jed and Cassie.

Here in London, I am looking forward to helping the team at Canada House with their diverse work, be it helping Canadian business to establish or expand here in the UK, helping UK industry discover the great opportunities that lie in our country or raising Canada’s profile in the United Kingdom and advocating for the things that we as Canadians care deeply about – goals that we share with our many friends here in the UK. Amid all of that, we are heading into a year of terrific celebration as Canada marks our 150th year. 

Along the way, I am eager to see as much of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as I can and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months as I find my feet, learn to look left at the “zebra” crossings, brew a “proper cuppa” and “mind the gaps” along the way.

 Signature - Janice Charette

Janice Charette


Time for a double-double

Tim Horton’s fans reacted with delight on social media when the company announced expansion plans into the UK that could bring their beloved Timbits to a High Street near you. Details of the when and the wheres of the new franchises are not expected until 2017, but there are hints that the plans are ambitious. Faithful readers can rely on Canada Plus to keep you up-to-date on the latest ‘double-double’ developments.

Hidden Canadiana?

Do you know of a hidden Canadian gem in central London? We’re not talking the big ones like Canada Gate or the Canadian Pacific Railway building – we are on the hunt for little-known sites and spots in the city with a link to Canada or a famous Canadian. Please send us your secrets, as we are putting together a Canada-themed list to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. 

Sweet success

Nanaimo Bars are looking to hit the big time! The start-up Maple Food Company, which already offers their tasty treats in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, has been selected by Tesco to take part in the supermarket giant’s Backit programme. The programme helps to raise the profile of selected small businesses so that they can ramp up production enough to become big suppliers of tiny squares of delight. But they need your support – and your pledges - before 31 October if they are to be in with a sweet chance.  

The Streatham RedhawksStreatham shoots, scores!

The Streatham Redhawks recently unveiled their new hockey jerseys at Canada House – tipping their helmets to the band of Canadians that helped found their original team back in 1932. As a thank you, they have sent us 20 pairs of tickets, valid for any of the team’s home games this season, to share with hockey-starved Canadians in the UK. If you are interested in checking out the action on ice in Streatham, just drop us a line at

Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox Run

A massive thanks to the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire for once again hosting this year’s Terry Fox Run, keeping the legacy of a true Canadian hero alive with this annual 5k or 2k walk or run to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation and The Brain Tumour Charity.

Business Brief

Export Development Canada are officially up and running in Canada House. Canada’s trade finance agency provides financing and insurance solutions to help Canadian companies of any size seize opportunities abroad. Cementing the EDC’s presence here in the UK reflects the strong trading and political relationship between the UK and Canada, which totaled $15.1 billion last year.

Consular Corner

Question: My children were both born in England and are British citizens with UK passports. They have a Canadian citizenship card because they applied for citizenship due to having me as a Canadian parent. They are dual nationals. They have never held a Canadian passport. Please explain if they need to get a Canadian passport to enter Canada by plane next summer. I understand I will also need to renew my Canadian passport.  I have not held one for over 10 years because of the expense. I am also a British citizen. I am hoping only I need apply for a passport. We are planning a trip to Canada next summer and it will cost over £350 for me and my kids to apply for a passport. It is a lot of money for someone on a low income. 

Answer: Yes, as a result of the implementation of the eTA initiative, both you and your children will need to obtain Canadian passports to travel to Canada by plane next summer. A valid Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel document that provides proof that you are a citizen and have the right to enter Canada without being subjected to immigration screening. Please refer to our website for additional information on how to complete these passport applications.

If you have a question for us, please email with the subject line “Consular Corner”.

Visa Info

Question: I am looking for a quick and easy explanation to the new eTA requirement for my British grandparents who wish to travel to Canada for Christmas. What do you suggest?

Answer: There is a lot of information about eTAs, but perhaps you could also show them this one-minute video on IRCC official website? It is available in 11 languages and explains in simple terms what eTAs are and how to apply for them. Also, please keep in mind that, while the leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA has been extended until 9 November 2016, your grandparents will require an eTA for their travel to Canada at Christmas.

Did you know?

You can test your general knowledge about Canada with this quiz!

October Events

Canada House leafSculpture - hunter with kakivakUntil 30 Nov ¦ Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery is delighted to present a new exhibition that celebrates vibrant contemporary art from Nunavut. Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut brings together 18 artists and collaborators to create an exhibition that reflects the culture, spirit and challenges of this unique region.

3 – 31 Oct ¦ Janet Bellotto - Relation-Ships (Existence Doubtful)
MOCA, London ¦ The Canadian-Italian artist brings Sable Island to London. The 13 square mile sliver of an isolated sandbar located 109 miles southeast of Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean, is noted for its extensive history of shipwrecks and a place where only two mammals survive: seals and horses.  The exhibition includes a dramatic display of the names and dates of the shipwrecks, as well as images on screens showing scenes of daily life on a nearly forgotten fragment of sand uniquely and virtually bereft of human presence.

5 – 16 Oct ¦ London Film Festival
Venues across London ¦ This year’s LFF is screening seven short films and five full-length features from Canada including the latest from Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes.

5 Oct – 12 Nov ¦ Exhibition – Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
David Zwirner Gallery, London¦ As a continuation of the collaboration between the Canadian and the American artists, this exhibition ‘Let Us Compare Mythologies’ includes drawings originally made for the zine published by David Zwirner Books, works produced jointly for their recent New York show, as well as new compositions and a mural-sized work on paper.

6 Oct ¦ Margaret Atwood
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Margaret Atwood discusses her new novel Hag-Seed, her version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

6 and 8 Oct ¦ Ron Davis and SymphRONica in Concert
Jazz Bar and Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh ¦ Following their success in this year’s Festival Fringe, Ron Davis and his SymphRONica music project returns to Edinburgh for two performances. 

6 – 22 Oct ¦ Red Moon Road
Various UK venues ¦ Manitoba folk trio Red Moon Road performs in a number of small venues from Northumberland to Cheshire after the release of their latest album ‘Sorrows and Glories’.

9 and 16 Oct ¦ Thanksgiving Roast
The Larrik Inn, London ¦ The Canadian Expat Meetup Group is hosting three family-friendly Thanksgiving dinners in Marylebone with the addition of poutine, as well as a traditional roast dinner.

10 Oct ¦ A Canadian Thanksgiving in London
White Mustache, London ¦ The popular turkey and pumpkin pie fest run by the Canadians in London group comes to Camden, complimented by Canadian beverages (including Tim Hortons, Caesars and beer) and poutine. £1 from every ticket goes to the Canadian Red Cross.

13 Oct ¦ U of T Alumni Thanksgiving Pub Night
The Larrik, Marylebone ¦ Registration is required for this social pub night event for University of Toronto alumni.

15 - 16 Oct ¦ Canada’s East Coast Career Opportunities Expo
Canada House, London ¦ Meet with provincial representatives from New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to learn about life on Canada’s East Coast. Network with Canadian employers recruiting for jobs in a variety of fields. Officers from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will also be on hand to provide visa information. Advance registration is required.

16 Oct ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup,  London  ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup in Portobello Rd.

Until 16 Oct ¦ The Pianist of Willesden Lane
St James Theatre, London ¦ The critically-acclaimed play adapted and directed by Canadian Hershey Felder returns to the UK. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is based on the true story of a young Jewish pianist and takes place in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitz.

21 – 22 Oct ¦ Discover Western Canada
Business Design Centre, London ¦ Health care recruiters from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia will be exhibiting at the British Medical Journal Careers Fair to answer questions about opportunities for medical professionals in some of the most beautiful provinces in Canada.

22 Oct ¦ Celtic Roots with Richard Wood
St Edwards Church, Southampton ¦ Prince Edward Island’s bow-shredding fiddling sensation Richard Wood performs with guitarist Gordon Belsher as part of Chapel Sessions in Southampton.

Until 22 Oct ¦ History Machines
Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh ¦ A UK premiere exhibition of new commissions and existing artwork by Toronto artists Matt Donovan and Hallie Siegel. Part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lectures and talks and an off-site installation.

22 Oct ¦ London Vandoos
Henry’s Café Bar, London ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

Until 29 Oct ¦ Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans | Essential Elements
Flowers Gallery, London ¦ Burtynsky returns to London with two parallel exhibitions: a series of geometric compositions photographed from the air above the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat and a selection of photographs weaving an evocative journey through his past projects. The exhibitions will coincide with the publication of a major new monograph, Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements, edited and curated by William A. Ewing.

31 Oct ¦ Headstones
229 The Venue, London ¦ What better way to celebrate Halloween in London than rocking out in an intimate setting with the legendary Headstones?

Until 20 Nov ¦ The Infinite Mix: Sound and Image in Contemporary Video
Hayward Gallery, London ¦ Stan Douglas joins a group of leading international artists in an exhibition that showcases immersive audio-visual installations.  In Luanda-Kinshasa, Douglas explores the intersection of narrative, fact and fiction, and alludes to the cultural exchanges between Africa and North America.

Further Ahead

Poppies11 and 13 Nov ¦ Canadian Remembrance Services
Green Park, London and Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey ¦ The public are invited to join the High Commissioner, Canadian Forces personnel and their families as they mark Remembrance Day at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 13:45 on Sunday, 13 November, or at the Brookwood Military Cemetery at 10:30 on Friday, 11 November. Canadian poppies will be available at Canada House for a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion.

4 Dec ¦ Christmas Holiday Party
The Albion Pub, London ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group hosts a holiday party with food and drinks. 


For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.

Job Opportunities

Canada House, London ¦ For information about working at the High Commission, visit the Job Opportunity page on our website. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

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