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Canada Plus - May and June

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Canada Plus

A Message from the High Commissioner

Ralph GoodaleHello Everyone,
It’s a great pleasure to write to you all – for the first time – as Canada’s new High Commissioner in the United Kingdom. I recently arrived here from my hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, which, as some of you may know, I proudly represented in Parliament for 26 years. I’m told I’m the first High Commissioner to the UK to hail from The Land of the Living Skies. And yes, I did bring along my Roughriders jersey!
I’d like to start by saluting my esteemed predecessor, Janice Charette, for her excellent service here over the past five years. I am especially grateful for all her help in getting me prepared to assume this new role. She has now returned to Canada to take up a vital assignment as interim Clerk of the Privy Council. I know all of Janice’s friends and colleagues in the UK would want to join me in thanking her and wishing her all the very best.
Serving as High Commissioner is an immense privilege. An estimated quarter of a million Canadians live, work and study in the United Kingdom. More than $40 billion in goods and services are traded between our two countries every year. We enjoy a long history of shared values, common interests and deep personal ties. Bilaterally and through multiple international organizations, Canada and the UK work together every day on such priorities as tackling climate change, beating and then building back better from the pandemic, post-Brexit bilateral trade, safety and security issues, and much more.
My arrival coincides with the beginning of the much hoped-for gradual reopening of the United Kingdom from lockdown, and international events are starting to take place in person once again. Last week, we welcomed Foreign Minister Marc Garneau to London for the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting, his first international meeting since his appointment in January. Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, also participated virtually. In June, the UK will host the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Cornwall. These meetings provide Canada with an important opportunity to advance our bilateral relationship with the United Kingdom on issues that really matter to both of us.
Looking back on what has happened since the last edition of Canada Plus, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon the sad passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh just a few months before his 100th birthday. Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family have lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. HRH Prince Philip was deeply committed to the Commonwealth and to Canada. The Duke touched the lives of many with his philanthropy and community engagement. He will be dearly missed by Canadians. If you would like pay your respects, I invite you to sign Canada’s virtual book of condolences.
On the COVID front, we can expect some significant changes to the current restrictions across the UK over the next couple of months. As we mentally prepare for the final steps in the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown and usher in the summer, let’s keep in mind the mantra of “hands, face, space” to keep ourselves and each other safe. The UK’s vaccine roll-out continues to protect more and more people, meaning we are as close as we have ever been to some light at the end of the tunnel.
With summer just around the corner, it also won’t be long before Canada Day is upon us! Plans are in the works for one more fantastic virtual celebration – stay tuned to our social media channels for updates closer to July 1st. We are also bringing back our popular Canada Day-themed party kits for Canadians and friends of Canada in the UK. See details in the newsletter below for how to get yours!
Last but not least, I’d like to thank all of you who have taken the time to complete the Canada Plus readership survey. If you have not yet completed the survey but would like to give us your feedback, it’s not too late! It takes just five minutes, and your comments will help us continually improve the newsletter to ensure that we are bringing you the information you really want to read. The deadline to respond is Friday 14 May.

Until next time - stay safe, enjoy the spring sunshine, and I’ll be back with my next update in July!
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

Following the UK government's Roadmap for England (Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales), it is anticipated that foreign travel for leisure will resume in mid-May. Please note that the current processing time for obtaining a Canadian passport is in excess of six weeks and only in extenuating circumstances can an application be expedited.

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.

Q: I am a Canadian citizen living in the UK, wishing to travel to Canada for a family wedding this summer. I would prefer to quarantine at our family cottage than at a hotel. Is this allowed?
At present both Canada and the UK are recommending against all non-essential travel. If you decide to travel, please carefully review the steps you should take including booking a pre-departure COVID test, registering your quarantine plan using the Arrive Can app, and booking a government-authorized hotel. You might find the Entering Canada by Air infographic *(PDF version, 217 KB) helpful.

All non-exempted travellers will need follow the new entry requirements and measures put in place. Exemptions, including for the 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel, are very limited. More information about exemptions may be found here.

Q: I am a Canadian living with a German husband in Brighton. Our baby was born in the UK this winter and we want to go to Frankfurt to visit family. Our baby will need a passport. Which one should we apply for: German, British or Canadian?

In order to apply for a Canadian passport for your child, you should first register the child as a Canadian citizen. The process of obtaining proof of citizenship takes several months but if you have urgent travel booked, our passport team may be able to assist you with a limited validity passport while you await your child’s citizenship document. Please email us for full instructions and application forms at:

You may also wish to make direct enquiries about passport eligibility and timelines with the relevant authorities – HM Passport Office and the German Embassy – regarding your child’s other nationalities.

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 am a Permanent Resident of Canada. I came to the UK last year and stayed for much longer than expected, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My PR card has now expired; how can I return to Canada?

A: If you are outside Canada and your Permanent Resident card has expired, you need to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD) to return. Normally, you apply for a PRTD at a visa application centre (VAC). Due to COVID-19, some VACs are closed, so check your closest VAC is open and accepts PRTD applications before you go. If your VAC is open and accepting applications, find out how to apply for a PRTD. If your VAC is closed, please follow these instructions.

Did you know?

Canada is the world’s leading producer and exporter of maple products, accounting for 71 per cent of the global market. In 2016, Canadian producers exported 45 million kg of maple products, with a value of $381 million. World production of maple syrup and sugar is mainly limited to the “Maple Belt”, the hardwood forest stretching from the Midwestern United States through Ontario, Québec and New England, and into New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The province of Québec is by far the largest producer, representing 92 per cent of Canadian production, but British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan also produce some of the delicious golden syrup!

Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia

Hello from our Honorary Consuls

Each edition of Canada Plus now includes an update from our Honorary Consuls around the UK. They are based in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh 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

Spring came to Scotland with glorious days of warm sunshine, allowing people to sit out and spend time in parks and on walks. While some restrictions are still in place, there are a lot of happy people who have had their first haircuts in 4 months.

On St. Patrick's Day, we were treated to a great, fun online celebration put on by the Irish Consulate and Easter saw a wonderful online concert for members of the Consular Corps organised by our Polish colleagues. I have had a couple of invitations to speak at functions that we hope will be live in October - otherwise it'll be Zoom.

Vaccines are going well, although the rate of infection in Scotland is still worryingly high.

Everyone here was saddened to learn of the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Our small town has many recipients of some of the DofE awards and they made a tribute to him to appear in the local press. Our condolences go to the Royal Family.

There are still people arriving from or leaving to go to Canada and I still average about 5 calls a day and a number of emails. There have been a number of complaints about the standard of food in the quarantine hotels. IrnBru for breakfast? Only in Scotland!

Ken Brundle – Northern Ireland

As we head towards the summer, excellent progress has been made on vaccinations in Northern Ireland. However, we are still in lockdown and the way forward is still unclear. There is a joke about ladies swimming to Scotland for a haircut. It is quite frustrating, but the vast majority of people are abiding by the COVID guidelines.

There are almost no visitors, with only a small number of Canadians having to travel to Canada largely for family health reasons. There are, however, a hopeful few who are getting their passports renewed.

What most people here really want at the moment is to have a haircut, meet friends for coffee, book a holiday and to give their loved ones a hug.

Spring in WalesLana Zylich – Wales

Spring in Wales, an explosion of magnolias, bouncy lambs and PUFFINS! So beloved by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador that in 1992 it became their official bird NCC: Atlantic puffin (

Although COVID-19 restrictions on entry to Canada remain in place, our lockdown restrictions to domestic travel have eased early in Wales, providing us with the fantastic opportunity to see the same Atlantic puffin at their Welsh breeding sites on the Pembrokeshire islands of Skolmer and Skokholm.

For homesick folk from the Atlantic provinces, you could imagine being on home shores, cheered by their whimsical appearance and charm! Information on Pembrokeshire Reserves - The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Not surprisingly, consular activities have been quiet over the winter - who knows what spring and summer will bring?

Looking back on March and April

FrancophonieFrancophonie Month

In March, we celebrated Francophonie Month which culminated in the International Day of La Francophonie on 20 March. As part of the celebrations, it was our turn to host the annual Grand Quiz de la Francophonie. Every year, a member of Francophonie UK gets to host the quiz and come up with the questions. This year’s focus was on Canada. The quiz always has two categories: one for the public and one for schools. Congratulations again to Pete from York, Ada from London and Laure from Bath who tied for the 1st place in the Grand Quiz de la Francophonie (general public). Congratulations also go to Areej, Alolika, Imogen and Divya from The Holt School and Aimee & Evie from the King’s School Hove who tied for the 1st place in the quiz for schools!

National Day of Observance

NHS BannerTo mark the National Day of Observance of COVID-19 in Canada on 11 March and the anniversary of the first UK lockdown on 23 March, Canada House launched a new banner to salute the National Health Service (NHS). We remember those who have lost their lives or a loved one, honour those who have sacrificed and give special thanks to the NHS for their care and protection during COVID-19.

Together, we can beat this pandemic.

Canada and the UK: Partners in Climate Action

We are proud to introduce the brand new window display at Canada House which celebrates the close partnership of Canada and the United Kingdom in climate action. Canada is committed to advancing climate action around the globe and delivering a successful COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference) in Glasgow in November 2021 in partnership with the UK.

COP26 window display

Want to go check out the window display for yourself? It will be on view on the Pall Mall side of Canada House until the end of the year.

In memoriam: His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021

His Royal Highness The Duke of EdinburghIt is with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh on the 9th of April 2021. The flags at Canada House were at half-mast as we joined the British public in mourning the passing of His Royal Highness. As the first-ever Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada, Prince Philip will be remembered by Canadians for the global program that bears his title – the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – and his patronage of more than forty organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and the Outward Bound Trust. At Canada House, we have fond memories of His Royal Highness’ official visits to Canada House, including, most recently, for its reopening following renovations in 2015 and on the occasion of our Canada150 celebrations in 2017.

Canadians are invited to sign the online book of condolences for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

What’s Coming Up?

January 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022: Shimmering Horizons
The High Commission of Canada is proud to partner with the Or Gallery (Vancouver) to bring you Shimmering Horizons, a new online exhibition featuring the work of a group of Canadian female artists, curated by Laurie White. Shimmering Horizons brings together works by five Canadian 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
Asinnajaq, Three Thousand, 2017

March 20 – June 6, 2021: Liverpool Biennial
Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary visual art. The 11th edition, The Stomach and the Port, explores notions of the body and ways of connecting with the world and features Canadian artists Jes Fan and Ayesha Hameed. More information can be found at Liverpool Biennial.

Meet UpMay 12 – June 29, 2021: Weekly online get-together
Continuing Wednesday, May 12, 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, please visit the website for specific details on dates.

KATHARSIS by Yvette Nolan13 May 2021, 18.30pm BST: ORIGINS 2021-22 Festival Opening (Online)
The 2021-22 ORIGINS Festival will offer an evolving year-long programme of Indigenous arts and culture. The festival opens with an online performance of the short play KATHARSIS by Yvette Nolan (Algonquin, Canada), followed by online literature events featuring leading First Nations poets and writers.

May 13-14, 2021: The Great Escape (online)
The Great Escape new music festival is the place to discover your new favourite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages. This year’s lineup includes Canadian artists: Gus Englehorn, Iamtheliving, JJ Wilde, Laura Roy, Priors, Rayannah, The Blaze Velluto Collection and Witch Prophet.

May 21 – June 5, 2021: Take Me Somewhere Festival
Looking for some Canadian performances this spring? Be sure to check out Take Me Somewhere, Glasgow’s festival of contemporary international performance, presenting 4 digital performances from May 21– June 5.

May 21 – October 31, 2021: Allison Katz – Artery at Nottingham Contemporary
The first institutional solo 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.

June 4-13, 2021: Sheffield Doc/Fest (hybrid)
International film and arts festival and marketplace supporting and sharing non-fiction storytelling. This year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest lineup includes “Call Me Human / Je m'appelle humain” by filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin, a tender portrait of Innu poet, writer, filmmaker, and storyteller Joséphine Bacon. When elders leave us, a link to the past vanishes along with them. Bacon exemplifies a generation that is bearing witness to a time that will soon have passed away. With charm and diplomacy, she leads a charge against the loss of a language, a culture, and its traditions.

June 11 – June 27, 2021: Nep Sidhu at Glasgow International
Glasgow International is presenting the first exhibition in Europe, and the artist’s largest to date, of new and existing work by Toronto-based Canadian artist, Nep Sidhu. The exhibition is a flagship project for the festival, presented in the key city centre venue, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art. The work is embedded in Sikh metaphysics and histories, to explore relationships between memory, memorial and the divine. More information can be found at Nep Sidhu at Glasgow International.

Collage - Canada Day 2020Canada Day Party Packs!
And now for the moment you have all been waiting for! Canada Day Party Packs are back! To celebrate the 154th anniversary of Canada’s confederation on July 1st, we’ll be sending out 154 Party Packs to lucky winners across the UK. All you need to do is to email us with a picture of your favourite Canadian treat, as well as your full name and UK residential address, to: Be one of the first 154 people to email and we’ll send you a Party Pack to help you get in the Canada Day mood.

We’d love to see photos of your celebrations on social media, so please remember to use #CanadaDayUK and send us any snaps you'd like us to share in the next edition of Canada Plus. 

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