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Canada Plus - September and October

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Canada Plus

A Message from the High Commissioner

Ralph Goodale

Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing summer, whether you spent your time enjoying a “staycation” near your home or managed to get away somewhere on holiday. For our first summer here in the UK, my wife Pamela and I had a wonderful time exploring London and the South Coast.

As the world continues to reopen and vaccination rates continue to rise in Canada, the UK and elsewhere, the rentrée this September really does feels like a new beginning. Canada House staff, many of whom have been working remotely throughout the pandemic, will return full-time to the office next week ready for a busy few months ahead, as we prepare for a series of incoming ministerial visits and high-level events such as COP26 in November.

The headline news for this edition of Canada Plus is of course that a federal election has been called in Canada. On September 20, Canadians will head to the polls to elect the 44th Canadian Parliament. Canadian citizens who live abroad can apply to be on the International Register of Electors, which will allow them to vote by mail-in special ballot in federal general elections, by-elections and referendums. If you haven’t already registered, we recommend you do this as soon as possible in order to allow sufficient time for a ballot to be mailed to you and for you to return the completed ballot to Elections Canada by September 20.

You’ll have also seen the UK government’s recent announcement that Canada has been moved to the UK’s green list (as of August 30), meaning that fully-vaccinated travellers from Canada to England no longer have to quarantine upon arrival unless they test positive, although they must take a COVID test in the 3 days before they travel, and a Day-2 test after arrival. This is great news for Canadian citizens and businesses, and I would like to express my appreciation to the team at Canada House for working hard throughout the summer to make it happen.

Similarly, as of September 7, all fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada (and who meet specific entry requirements; read more here) can now enter Canada without quarantine, which I’m sure comes as a great relief to many of our readers with friends and family back home.

At the High Commission, as we prepare for busy months ahead, we are also preparing physically for the 2021 Terry Fox Run, which will take place on October 2 at Battersea Park. Last year, thanks to the work of the Terry Fox Run UK organization, the run came back to the UK, albeit virtually, after a 13-year absence, to mark the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Luckily, as COVID-19 restrictions have eased, the organizers are putting on an in-person run this year to raise funds for cancer research. I hope you’ll join us for this worthy cause and look forward to seeing you there! See the newsletter below for further information on how to take part.

In the meantime, I’d like to wish you all a very happy Canadian Thanksgiving and until next time!

Warm regards,

Signature - Ralph Goodale

Ralph Goodale
High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom

Consular Corner

Voting from abroad in the upcoming Canadian federal elections

On Monday, September 20, Canadians will head to the polls to elect the 44th Canadian Parliament. Eligible voters first need to register in order to be able to vote by mail from abroad. In order to be eligible, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old on polling day and have lived in Canada at some stage in your life.

Find out how to vote from abroad by visiting the Elections Canada website. You will need to apply to join the International Register of Electors. Elections Canada recommends that electors apply online. Alternatively, you can print your registration form and submit it by mail, courier or fax to Elections Canada in Ottawa.

Please allow sufficient time for a ballot to be mailed to you and for you to return the completed ballot to Elections Canada by 6:00 pm Eastern time on Monday, September 20.

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: Now that the borders are gradually re-opening, my wife and I are hoping to emigrate to Canada. Can we expedite the application process by submitting it in person at the High Commission, along with our supporting documents?

A: It is not possible to submit applications in person and/or directly to the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom. Rather, applications must be submitted online or mailed to a centralized intake office in Canada.

For information on Canada’s various migration programs and requirements, we recommend you visit the Government of Canada website. All application packages, forms and guides can be found online. Should you wish to make an enquiry about the progress of your application after it has been submitted, please use the webform, which will direct your enquiry to the correct office dealing with your application. Please note that our processing network is global and your application may be processed at an IRCC office in Canada or at various offices overseas.

Did you know?

Canada has a long tradition of welcoming refugees and has resettled more than 700,000 refugees since 1959. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Global Trends 2019 report, Canada resettled more refugees than any other country, taking in 30,082 of the 107,800 refugees who were resettled that year. According to UNHCR’s 2018 Global Trends report, over 18,000 refugees became Canadian citizens in 2018, making Canada the country with the second highest rate of refugees to gain citizenship.

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)

It seems no time at all has passed since I last wrote to you all. Isn’t it funny how time flies when you can't go to anything? I have, however, been invited to some interesting events that have shown us all that we are slowly getting back to living life to the fullest. Scotland has been more cautious than England in its reopening, as our infection levels have been higher. Careful is still the watchword, but as the Edinburgh Festivals have shown, it's hard to "keep a good show down".

As soon as restrictions were lifted, performers flooded into the vacuum. I was treated to the wonderful voice of Gerald Finley, the bass-baritone from Montréal and was joined by guests from the High Commission, Ireland, the Québec Government Office in London  and other fellow Canadians in Scotland.

 Collage - wreath honouring a young Victoria Cross

I laid a wreath honouring a young Victoria Cross hero from Trail, British Columbia in a poignant ceremony. My husband and I attended a reception hosted by the Naval Regional Command Scotland and Northern Ireland in Rosyth. In October, I will be delivering an address to a historical society on Scots in Canada.

Of course, my phone continues to ring with calls about travelling to Canada and even a question on how to import a pet parrot! Never a dull moment…

Ken Brundle (Northern Ireland)

The rate Of COVID-19 infection in Northern Ireland is still quite high compared to the rest of the United Kingdom. Restrictions are easing, albeit more slowly than elsewhere. In terms of consular activity, there has been steady cases of individuals needing to travel to Canada on an urgent basis, mainly due to family health problems. Passport and citizenship applications have also now restarted. Of course, there is great interest from students looking to study and work in Canada.

In July, we had a visit from the Deputy High Commissioner and her team to Belfast for meetings with senior officials, politicians, business leaders and representatives of civil society. It was great to meet with her and other colleagues from Canada House.

Most locals opted for vacations in Ireland this summer and the resorts are increasingly crowded. Luckily, July saw record high sunshine and temperatures with thousands taking to the beaches. It was hotter than Spain. Who needs Magaluf, eh?

Lana Zylich (Wales)

Wales has been quiet over the summer months, with only a few requests for assistance received by Canadians living here. As we all get back to our day-to-day activities following the summer break, we are looking forward to welcoming Canadian students back to the University of Wales & Cardiff Metropolitan University. To them, we say “pob lwc” (good luck) for this new academic year!

Looking back on back on July and August

Rededication Service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

In early July, our Air Force Advisor Lt Col Pierre Thériault and colleagues from the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire for a rededication service of its monument to the Canadian aviators who fought and flew alongside their British allies in the Second World War, with many paying the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our freedom.

Rededication Service at the National Memorial Arboretum

A summer of sport – News from the Trafalgar Square fan zone

The summer began with a bang of sporting action! The Trafalgar Square fan zone was alive with excitement during EURO2020. Despite England’s ultimate defeat in the final of the Euro Cup in early July, Canada House staff enjoyed observing and partaking in all the celebrations on our doorstep as fans filled Trafalgar Square for each match.

It was an equally enthralling summer for fans of Canadian tennis, as we saw Vasek Pospisil, Leylah Annie Fernandez, Sharon Fichman, Gabriela Dabrowski, Bianca Andreescu, Félix Auger-Aliassime, and Denis Shapovalov compete for victory at Wimbledon, making us all very proud.

Then came both the summer Olympics and Paralympics in August, during which Team Canada took home an impressive 45 medals across a variety of sporting disciplines. Way to go, guys!

Spotlight Canada: The Pitch

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

At the end of August, the High Commission of Canada, in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage, organized ‘Spotlight Canada: the Pitch Session’, our second annual pitch of Canadian plays and performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Often a stepping-stone to the international stage, we are sure these plays will be back in the United Kingdom shortly following an impressive pitch to British performing arts programmers, commissioners and presenters as they programme their calendars for the year ahead.

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?

Meet UpSeptember 7 – October 27, 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; visit the website for specific details on dates.

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.

October 2, 2021: Terry Fox Run UK – Battersea Park
Following the success of last year’s virtual run celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, the Terry Fox Run is back in the UK – and this time, it’s in person! With COVID-19 restrictions eased to permit large outdoor gatherings, we’d love it if you would join us on October 2 at Battersea Park to try like Terry and raise funds for cancer research! Learn more and sign up to take part on the Terry Fox Run UK’s website.

Canada House LeafOctober 7 – December 31: Jason Baerg - Tawâskweyâw ᑕᐋᐧᐢᑫᐧᔮᐤ A Path or Gap Among the Trees – Canada Gallery, Canada House, London
The journey through twenty-five years of caring for drawing and painting has found innovative pathways through the conceptual and formal approaches of Cree Métis visual artist, Jason Baerg, whose exhibition, ‘Tawâskweyâw ᑕᐋᐧᐢᑫᐧᔮᐤ A Path or Gap Among the Trees’, curated by Patricia Deadman, will open at the Canada Gallery at Canada House on October 7.

As a first generation new media artist, Baerg has forged fearlessly towards unique ways of utilizing emergent 2D, 3D, interactive, immersive, and fabrication technologies. The dynamic of his first UK solo exhibition charts key contributions of his artistic practice, which include interactive, immersive, generative media projection pieces and laser-cut painting installations, both of which are some of the first produced and presented anywhere in the world.

Jason Baerg - Kisci-Okima-Achak

Kisci-Okima-Achak, 2014

Baerg’s artistic investigation has rigorously explored themes such as community, ritual, urban migration, Cree cosmology, native relationality, survivance, an Indigenized Anthropocene, language revitalization, and Indigenous Futurisms.

The exhibition is a partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre, an institution that serves to preserve and promote Indigenous history, art, language and culture, focusing on the story of the Haudenosaunee people of the Eastern Woodlands.

Stay tuned to Culture Canada for more details, including how to book your visit.
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 of 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.

Asinnajaq, Three Thousand,Canada Goes DigitalUntil 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

2022 Commonwealth Games: Help support a Canadian athlete!
Commonwealth Sport CanadaCanadian athletes have a history of memorable firsts at the Commonwealth Games. In 1930, Canada was the first country to host the Commonwealth Games, 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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