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Welcome to 2017 and the start of what promises to be a busy and eventful year as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary.
In the few months since I arrived in London, I’ve had a lot of people ask me just how many Canadians there are in the United Kingdom.
The answer is we just don’t know for certain. We have ‘official’ numbers from the Home Office that reflect those who have obtained work visas to be in the UK, but those numbers do not tell the whole story of Canada.
So many Canadians living in the UK are dual citizens, either of the UK or of other European countries and they do not show up in the official figures, although most of them would definitely count themselves as proud Canadians.
That is where you, dear Canada Plus readers, come in. Do you know of a random Canadian in the UK? Please tell them about Canada Plus and suggest they subscribe to find out more about what we’re up to this year.
We want to connect with as many Canadians as possible, from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as we celebrate this special year in our country’s history.
I’m tapping you all to help us spread as much Canada as we can in 2017. Happy New Year!
This past year was a very busy one for the Canadian High Commission, we issued 16,233 Canadian passports and processed 2,100 Canadian citizenship applications (a rise of 42% over 2015). You can find a full glimpse of the year in numbers at Canada House in 2016.
A delegation of 17 Inuit visited the UK in December on a very special mission. The Language Committee of Canada’s National Inuit Organization (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) is working to create one standard written form of the Inuit language of Inuktitut and came to the UK to study the Welsh model of language revitalization. Welsh writer Alys Conran captured the highlights of their tour by live blogging the group’s travels.
There is a unique opportunity for a young Canadian in the UK to represent our country in a special Royal event. We are seeking candidates to carry Canada’s flag at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 13, 2017. The theme of Commonwealth Day this year is ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’. To nominate an outstanding Canadian between the ages of 15 - 25, email LDNCanadaPlus@international.gc.ca and tell us why they should represent Canada.
Canadian yogic powerhouse Lululemon is ramping up its presence in London Thursday with the grand opening of its flagship new shop in Regent Street. The Vancouver-based company unveiled highlights of the new space at a launch at Canada House today. We’re all anticipating a haven of well-clad calm. All together now, “Ooommmm”.
Did you know, with the introduction of the Electronic Travel Authorization for UK citizens in 2016, our consular officers have been extremely busy renewing passports for Canadians who are not able to apply for eTAs. Last year we issued 38% more passports than in 2015, and processed 42% more Canadian citizenship applications. Please remember, if you need to renew your passport, give yourself plenty of time as the number of applications can cause a delay to our usual processing time of 20 business days.
Question: My wife and I are British Citizens. We lived in Canada previously as permanent residents, but we returned to the UK to take care of our family business. We are now free to return to Canada and continue our life there. We heard of the new requirement for an eTA and wonder if this applies to us, since we are British Citizens. Alternatively, are we allowed to go back to Canada as permanent residents, since this was our status over there?
Answer: Since you have held the status of permanent residents before, you are not currently eligible to apply for an eTA. Instead, you are required to apply for a determination of your permanent resident status to establish whether or not you are still permanent residents of Canada. According to the regulations, you need to be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days in the past 5 years to maintain your permanent resident status. Visit 'Permanent resident travel document' for all the information on how to apply. If you meet the residency obligations to maintain your permanent resident status and are approved, you will be issued a travel document to allow you to travel back to Canada. Note that all applications must be submitted through the Visa Application Centre in London in London. Alternatively, if you are no longer a permanent resident of Canada following a determination, you need to apply for an eTA as a British citizen to visit Canada. In that case, you would also need to apply for immigration, should you wish to return permanently to Canada.
Almost half of all new immigrants to Canada in 2000 planned to settle in Toronto. By 2012, that proportion had fallen to less than one in three. The decade of the 2000s saw a rising share of new arrivals, instead, opting for other destinations, particularly the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba). Source: Statistics Canada.
13 Jan – 28 Feb ¦ Andrew Salgado: TEN
Canada House Gallery, London ¦ The opening exhibition in 2017 at the Canada Gallery is a survey of Andrew Salgado’s practice from the last ten years. His bold, large scale figurative paintings have garnered him a reputation as “one to watch” by influential art critics in both the UK and North America. TEN coincides with the launch of his first monograph, also entitled TEN.
12 Jan – 26 Feb ¦ Cirque du Soleil
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ The legendary Cirque du Soleil returns to London with Amaluna, their latest production about a mysterious island ruled by goddesses.
Until 13 Jan ¦ Ten Columns
Megan Piper Gallery, London ¦ An exhibition of recent sculptural work by Montreal-born artist Paul de Monchaux.
16 – 22 Jan ¦ The London Jam
Wilton’s Music Hall, London ¦ A festival celebrating the very best of improvised theatre and comedy from the UK and around the world culminating in the 10th Annual London 50-Hour Improvathon. Performing as part of the Jam will be some of Canada’s finest improv acts - ‘The Sufferettes’ starring Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette and ‘Improvised Dungeons and Dragons’ starring Mark Meer.
16 – 27 Jan ¦ Winter Lights
Canary Wharf, London ¦ Canadian artist Mateo Mounier is one of the featured artists taking part in this festival of winter lights with Digital Skin, a live interactive exhibit that allows visitors to digitally paint on one another and create a unique video portrait.
20 Jan ¦ Angela Hewitt
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Hewitt opens her Bach Odyssey with a performance of Bach’s French Suites. Her recording of these Suites was named as a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. The Bach Odyssey series will continue over the following three seasons.
20 Jan – 18 Mar ¦ Abbas Akhavan, variations on a garden
DRAF Studio, London ¦ In this exhibition the artist presents the sculptural installation Study for a Monument, based on his research with the ‘Flora of Iraq’ archive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London and living plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
Until 21 Jan ¦ Revolt of the Sage
Blain|Southern Gallery, London ¦ Featuring Geoffrey Farmer, Mark Lewis and Erin Shirreff, this group exhibition features artists who use collage, juxtaposition, fragments, framing devices and layered imagery to explore alluring mysteries of the everyday.
26 Jan ¦ Where are you on your Entrepreneurship journey?
Fox Williams, London ¦ The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts this panel discussion with entrepreneurs Kate Jolly of Briars Group, Colin Pyle of CRU Kafe and Sheryl Cusia of Boudicca Proxy, moderated by Richie Clark.
28 Jan ¦ Le Concert de la Loge and Karina Gauvin
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Soprano Karina Gauvin, known for her performance of Baroque opera, joins the ensemble Le Concert de la Loge for an all-Handel programme.
For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.
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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