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Embassy of Canada appoints Alessia Cara, new Canadian music star,as Study in Canada Good will Ambassador for 2018 

Press release
October 26, 2018

In 2018 and 2019, Canada and Japan will be celebrating their 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations. In commemoration, the Embassy of Canada to Japan has appointed popular young singing star Alessia Cara as Study in Canada Goodwill Ambassador for 2018.

Alessia Cara, 22, is from the province of Ontario. Like fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, she became a star after posting music videos on the internet. Her debut album quickly jumped to the top five on U.S. music charts. Alessia already has an impressive list of accomplishments as a singer-songwriter with “Stay” (a collaboration with Zedd) now a megahit played seven billion times worldwide and her rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” used as the closing theme in Disney’s Moana. She received the 2018 Grammy Award for Best New Artist and is seen as a rising star by people around the world. Alessia has been appointed “Study in Canada Goodwill Ambassador” to deliver a message to Japanese youth who, by studying in Canada, likewise aspire to be players on the world stage. The appointment was recently confirmed with a certificate from the Embassy in Tokyo, and she has recorded an encouraging video message to Japanese youth in which she says:

I grew up in a school that taught me not only different languages like English and French, which are the two official languages, but I learned about different religions and different cultures, and I was opened up to so many different kinds of people, which I think is really great. I think it would be great if you studied there.

The video (a little under one minute in length) will be presented for the first time at the Embassy of Canada’s EduCanada Fair on November 2 and 3 in Tokyo. It will be shown later at other education events and seminars sponsored by the Embassy. 

For Reference

Past Study in Canada Goodwill Ambassadors

  • 2010 (80th Anniversary of Canada-Japan Relations) Nikki Yanofsky, jazz singer
  • 2018 (150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation) Shawn Mendes, singer-songwriter

About Study in Canada

  • Study in Canada takes many different forms—study at junior high and high schools, colleges, universities, language schools and other places. It is said that about 8,000 Japanese people per year obtain study permits to study in Canada for over 6 months. That figure does not include the vast majority who study for less than 6 months. Statistics from Languages Canada indicate that over 20,000 Japanese are in Canada studying the country’s official languages, English and French.

EduCanada Fairs  

  • The Embassy of Canada sponsors EduCanada Fairs every spring and fall, at which visitors can speak directly about study in Canada with representatives from between 70 and 85 educational institutions. The fairs in Tokyo attract between 1500 and 2000 visitors who come to find the right school for their purpose whether it be elementary, junior high, high school, summer program, language school, college, university, or something else.

EduCanada Fair Fall 2018 

  • Elementary, junior high, high school / language school / college / university / IEC-Working Holiday
  • Tokyo – Embassy of Canada (5 minutes’ walk from “Aoyama 1 Chome” Station on the Ginza, Hanzomon, or Toei Oedo subway lines)
    Friday, November 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
    Saturday, November 3, 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
    Please note: You must present photo I.D. to enter the Embassy of Canada.
  • Osaka – Umeda Center Building—16th floor   (6 minutes’ walk from Hankyu “Umeda” Station or 7 minutes’ walk from “Umeda” or “Higashi Umeda” subway stations)
    Sunday, November 4, 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

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