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Canada Plus - July and August

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A Message from the High Commissioner

TRIGGER WARNING: Please note that this message deals with topics which may cause trauma. We recognize that some of our audience may find it difficult to read. A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up in Canada to provide access to referral services for anyone in need of emotional support:  00-1-866-925-4419.

Ralph Goodale

Bonjour and Hello,
Welcome to the July/August edition of our bimonthly Canada Plus newsletter – my second as High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom. It has been quite an eventful time since I last wrote to you.
In June, communities across Canada came together to observe National Indigenous History Month – an opportunity to reflect on the invaluable contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada and to learn about their cultures, traditions, languages and heritage, as well as to reflect on the historic and ongoing hardships that Indigenous communities in Canada continue to face. Sadly, this year’s celebrations took a tragic turn as Canada and the world learned of the heartbreaking discovery of hundreds unmarked children’s graves on the sites of several former Indian Residential Schools across the country.
To honour the memory of those lost children, Canada House half-masted its flag at the end of May and lit up the High Commission in orange on June 30th, the last day of National Indigenous History Month. We also facilitated a vigil with London-based Indigenous Canadians and their families and friends.
At the vigil on June 6, attendees laid out 215 pairs of shoes on the steps of the High Commission, to represent those innocent children who died at Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C., where the first unmarked graves were discovered. Then on June 30, a group of peaceful participants held a candlelight walk from Canada House on Trafalgar Square to Westminster in a display of solidarity with all Indigenous communities in Canada.
We are very proud of our DARE (Diversity, Anti-Racism & Equity) Committee for organizing an important learning event for staff, at which we heard from Perry Bellegarde, then-National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Nadia McLaren, director/producer of the residential school documentary Muffins for Granny (an excerpt of which can be viewed here), Melanie McLaren, actress and interviewer for the documentary, and Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Ryerson University. The event was moderated by Anishinaabe photographer Amanda May Daly.
They have put together a list of resources for anyone interested in learning more about the significance of the events, the shoes, or about “Orange Shirt Day” in Canada. You can also find further information about Indigenous Peoples in Canada in this comprehensive list put together by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.
On July 1st, we hosted a virtual Canada Day programme for the second year running.  But this year, here and across Canada, it was a day more for reflection than celebration.
As our country and all its many diverse peoples try to come to grips with the meaning of those heartbreaking discoveries at residential schools, and the implications for our idea of “who we are” as Canadians, Canada Day 2021 led many of us to re-examine what we EACH need to do to build and sustain the wonderful and decent country that we aspire to be.
We are proud of our pluralistic, diverse, inclusive, multicultural reputation, but clearly, our pluralism is far from perfect. We have work to do. Nation-building, the Canadian way, is a never-ending process. It’s never “done”.  And every day, it all depends on “us” and how we choose to treat one another.
Also in June, it was my pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Cornwall for the G7 Leaders’ Summit – the first in-person such event in over two years. From it flowed concrete results to fight the pandemic, boost vaccinations worldwide, accelerate action on climate change, better support girls’ education and gender equality, confront and contend with hostile states, and promote the values and effectiveness of open, democratic societies.
The G7 also provided Canada with a key opportunity to advance our bilateral relationship with the United Kingdom on issues that will make a real difference to people in both of our nations. Prime Ministers Trudeau and Johnson discussed their mutual plans to build back better, greener and more feminist from the COVID-19 pandemic. International trade is central to achieving these goals, the two leaders agreed, looking ahead to the early negotiation of a new bilateral free trade agreement between our two countries which will lead to more jobs, growth and prosperity for people on both sides of the Atlantic.

While in Cornwall, I also had the pleasure of trying my very first Cornish pasty at a shop run by Rebecca, the Nova Scotia-born business-owner of Oggies Cornish Kitchen. Thanks to our wonderful British Facebook followers, I have now learned that you are actually meant to eat a pasty with your hands rather than with cutlery – a piece of advice I will put into action as I sample more of these delicious Cornish snacks during my stay in the UK. (Don’t worry though, I will make sure to eat haggis with a knife and fork when I visit Scotland later this year!)

By now, you will have seen that Canada has begun the first phase of easing of its entry and quarantine restrictions (as of July 5 at 23:59 EDT), allowing fully vaccinated Canadians (and those already eligible) to enter Canada without a mandatory hotel stopover or quarantine at home.

As we get into the full swing of summer, I would encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Canada and UK travel advisory pages and stay informed of changes in rules that might affect you and your travels with little to no advance notice.

We’re making steady progress against COVID-19. Stay healthy and safe while, together, we finish the job! And best wishes for a good summer!

Warm regards,

Signature - Ralph Goodale

Ralph Goodale
High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom

Consular Corner

Applying for a Canadian passport for foreign travel

Before submitting an application, we recommend checking our Passport and Frequently Asked Questions pages to ensure an application is complete and to avoid additional delay.
Please be advised that the pandemic continues to create significant delays in obtaining a passport and/or citizenship certificate. Passport processing times are in excess of six weeks and close to eighteen months for a certificate of Canadian citizenship. For passport or citizenship enquiries that cannot be answered by viewing our website, please email: or

Q – I have had both COVID vaccinations; do I still have to quarantine when I travel to Canada?

A – Since July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada may not be required to quarantine or complete a day-8 test. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air may not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel to await their on-arrival test result. Pre-entry and on-arrival testing requirements must still be met. For full details of the revised requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, please see here. For additional information on travelling to Canada, please consult the checklist or call the COVID-19 information helpline: +1-833-784-4397.

Consular services & emergency contacts

Canadians in the UK in need of emergency assistance can contact the High Commission on 020 7004 6000 or You can also check our COVID-19 FAQs page, visit the Government of Canada’s official coronavirus advice page or check our Travel Advice and Advisories for the latest guidance.

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

IRCC Information

Q: I provided my biometrics as part of a previous student application, but I never went to Canada due to the pandemic. I am now hoping to start a degree in Canada this September. Am I required to submit my biometrics again?

A: Most travellers are required to provide biometrics if they apply for a visitor visa, a work or study permit (excluding US nationals), permanent residence, a visitor record (an extension of a stay in Canada), or a work or study permit extension. However, you only have to do this once every 10 years when applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit. You do not need to give your biometrics again until this 10-year period has expired. You can find out if your biometrics are still valid and when they expire by using the Check Status Tool. For further information on the biometrics collection site nearest you, please consult our website.

Did you know?

Do your children think you know everything there is to know about Canada? Try the CBC Kids “17 kind of tough questions about Canada” and find out!

Hello from our Honorary Consuls

Each edition of Canada Plus includes an update from our Honorary Consuls around the UK. They are based in Belfast, Cardiff and Blairgowrie and serve as a regional representative of the Government of Canada and local point of contact for Canadians living outside of London.

Mary Duncan (Scotland)

In Scotland, the vaccination programme continues apace, we are slowly moving towards being allowed to socialise more, visit family and friends and get back to work.

There is a large population of Canadians living here and many are keen to go home to see family. There is an increase in people seeking Canadian citizenship. Perhaps as a result of Brexit and the pandemic, people are widening their horizons. It's a year of rededication of war memorials – since several anniversaries were cancelled last year due to COVID. I have laid wreaths in Fochabers and Brechin dedicated to Canadian service personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in both World wars. On July 3rd, I also represented Canada and spoke at a ceremony to mark the Centenary of the Dunbar War Memorial and the dedication of three new names added to the Memorial, two of whom served in Canadian regiments during the First World war.

Centenary of the Dunbar War Memorial

Photo credit: George Robertson, formerly of the RAF and a member of Dunbar Community Council

Ken Brundle (Northern Ireland)

As summer approaches, there is little sign of tourism in Northern Ireland yet and most of the international students have gone home. I hope to spend more time in my greenhouse.

Consular activity here is still very limited as we are only very slowly coming out of lockdown. There is a trickle of emergency travel cases but it has otherwise been extremely quiet.

An interesting event I attended recently was a commemoration of the Battle for the Hitler Line, which was held at the magnificent Cenotaph by the walls of the beautiful and historic Carrickfergus Castle. The event remembered the Italian battle of May 1944, where the Canadian 1st Division supported by the North Irish Horse, by then a mechanised regiment, advanced against the formidable German defences of the Hitler line. After heavy fighting, the Allies broke through, opening the way to advance on Rome. Although the commemoration event was small and socially-distant, it was both moving and informative, and I was able to lay a Canadian wreath in memory of those who fell.

Lana Zylich (Wales)

Here in Wales, things have been very quiet, with only a few calls on my services. There is a slow return of tourism and I'm sure things will be getting busier over the next few weeks as the hotels, pubs and parks see the return of people keen to make the most of summer.

Looking back on May, June and early July

Progress Pride flag and HCIDAHOBIT

On May 17th, we proudly raised the Progress Pride flag for the first time at Canada House to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). We support gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation rights for people in Canada and around the world and challenge stigma, violence and prejudices wherever they occur. Human rights don’t take a back seat during a crisis and Canada is working with the UK and partners around the world to ensure LGBTQ2I rights are protected and respected.

National Indigenous History Month

June marked National Indigenous History Month in Canada. On June 6th, a vigil in memory of the 215 lost souls, whose unmarked graves were recently found near former Kamloops Residential School, was organised by a group of Londoners. 215 pairs of shoes were arranged on the steps of Canada House in memory of all those who left for residential schools only to never come home, as well as the survivors still living with the impacts today. Our flag has been at half-mast since May 30th.

Collage - 215 pairs of shoes were arranged on the steps of Canada House - High Commission in orange

On June 30th, a candlelight walk organised by Turtle Island Solidarity UK left from outside Canada House on Trafalgar Square towards Westminster. We lit up the High Commission in orange as a mark of respect for all of the victims of the residential school system throughout the history of Canada. We remain committed to supporting survivors and their families through their healing journeys and working with Indigenous communities towards reconciliation.


Collage G7

June 11th–13th was a busy time for our Canada House team as the G7 Leaders’ Summit took place in beautiful Cornwall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in attendance and was welcomed by our High Commissioner Ralph Goodale. The Summit was a crucial opportunity for Canada to work with our G7 partners to find solutions to the urgent global challenges that we face, including ending COVID-19 and preparing for future pandemics. When in Cornwall, High Commissioner Goodale also had an opportunity to try the local cuisine at Oggie’s, a Cornish pasty shop in Falmouth owned by a Canadian from Nova Scotia. His verdict? Delicious!

Looking back on #CanadaDayUK

This year we continued the popular tradition of sending Canada Day party packs to 154 lucky winners across the UK to celebrate Canada’s 154th birthday. Thank you to all who participated in the contest – we hope you had a lovely day.

While we weren’t able to host a Canada Day event in person for the second year running, we put together an online programme of special messages from VIP guests and cultural performances that truly captured the rich diversity of the place we call home.

Collage - Canada Day

 Photo credit: Embassy Magazine,

Canada Goes DigitalCurious about what goes on behind the doors of Canada House? Why not take a look at our updated virtual tour of Canada House, released just ahead of Canada Day to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the opening of Canada House on June 29th, 1925.

What’s Coming Up?

Allison Katz, Ssik, 2020,Until October 31, 2021: Allison Katz – Artery at Nottingham Contemporary
Artery, the first solo institutional show in the UK by Canadian artist Allison Katz (Montréal, 1980), includes new and recent works – a number of which Katz made in London during lockdown – and explores questions of intimacy without touching, circulation and slowness. More information can be found at Allison Katz – Artery.

Allison Katz, Ssik, 2020, Oil on silkscreen, 160 x 145 cm. Courtesy the artist and Gió Marconi Milan.

Canada Goes DigitalUntil December, 2021: What The Ocean Remembers
A virtual exhibition featuring new and recent works by Jordan Bennett, Kym Greeley, Thaddeus Holownia, Meagan Musseau with Jenelle Duvall, Jerry Ropson, and Camille Turner, co-curated by Matthew Hills, Director/Curator, Grenfell Art Gallery, and David Diviney Senior Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The Ocean RemembersThe artists represented in this exhibition are looking at and thinking about material memory, memory of the land and sea, which can be understood both as the residual effects of human action (commonly referred to as the Anthropocene) and the reciprocity required of sustainable co-existence with the natural world. The exhibition will have a parallel programme of events, including artist talks, panel discussions and performances. View the exhibition here.

What the Ocean Remembers is co-organized by Grenfell Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.

Canada House LeafJune 28 – September 18, 2021: Wild Flower by Zachari Logan
The Canada Gallery has reopened after fifteen months with a solo exhibition by Saskatchewan-based artist, Zachari Logan, a queer-identified artist whose drawings, ceramics and installations explore masculinity, identity, memory and place. His meticulous drawings, in both large and small formats, often represent his body and reference nature to create his personal space of artistic expression.

Detail: Still life in a ditch (2016),

Detail: Still life in a ditch (2016), Pastel on black paper

This exhibition at Canada Gallery includes works from two series. The first, his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, includes a series of drawings based around the sentence “go back inside”. As part of his considering the impact of the virus, Logan has imagined a “Bone Garden” where his signature wildflowers become combined with skeletons. The second series is a continuation of his “wild man” series and here the wild man is seen involved in shamanic magic, casting spells and holding the delicate balance between man and nature in his furry hands.

The exhibition is a partnership with New Art Projects (London), curated by Fred Mann.

Canada Goes DigitalAsinnajaq, Three Thousand,Until January 14, 2022: Shimmering Horizons
A partnership with the Or Gallery (Vancouver), Shimmering Horizons is an online exhibition featuring the work of a group of Canadian female artists, curated by Laurie White. Shimmering Horizons brings together works by five artists that offer visions of future life-ways on Earth. The exhibition puts the idea of “shimmer” – a concept described by writer and anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose as the aesthetic experience of ecological complexity and ancestral power - into productive alignment with the image of the horizon, a potent metaphor for the future. More information is available on our Culture Canada website.

Asinnajaq, Three Thousand, 2017

Meet UpJuly 7 – August 24, 2021: Weekly online get-together
Join the Canadian Expat Meetup Group for a weekly virtual social gathering with fellow members. Please note that weekly events alternate between Tuesday and Wednesday, so please visit the website for specific details on dates.

July 8, 2021: New Member Night from 16:00-17:30 BST
The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce is hosting their next virtual networking event to welcome new member companies. Register here.
July 15, 2021: Post-Brexit: The new VAT landscape between the UK and Canada from 16:30-17:30 BST
Join the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce for an International Trade Forum webinar as experts on trade and VAT compliance explore the opportunities of the new VAT landscape between the UK and Canada. Register here.

2022 Commonwealth Games: Help support a Canadian athlete!
Canadian athletes have a history of memorable firsts at the Commonwealth Games. Canada was the first country to host the Commonwealth Games in 1930, and has participated ever since. However, due to the cumulative effects of funding cuts since 2011, Commonwealth Sport Canada is now unable to fund a full team to compete beyond the 2022 Commonwealth Games. They need your help to ensure Canada continues to participate in future Commonwealth Games. If you’d like to support an athlete representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022, please consider making a donation here.

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