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Canada Plus – January 2016

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellUsually when we open the New Year we look forward and last year we were very much looking forward in anticipation of the official opening of Canada House. This year I thought I would take a moment to look back at a few tidbits from our country’s history. In 1916, the population of Canada was 8,001,000; this year it is expected to reach 36,497,000. Canadian William Shatner was the star of the very first episode of Star Trek when it hit the airwaves 50 years ago and on the public policy side, both the Canada Pension Plan and the Quebec Pension plan began on January 1st, 1966 – historic days indeed that helped bring security in retirement to millions of Canadians.

This year will be highlighted by a number of events here at Canada House and we will be sure to keep you posted as they approach. Looking further ahead to next year, Canadians will be celebrating our country’s 150th anniversary. Say sesquicentennial quickly!

Preparations are already underway but I would like to know what you think we should do to celebrate here in the United Kingdom. What would make it special for you and your friends and family?  There is only a year to go, so do send along your ideas as we are eager to help make 2017 your celebration too.

Have a great 2016. I hope it will be a brilliant year for all of you.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell 


Flying the flag for Canada

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 14, 2016. The theme of Commonwealth Day this year is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’. To nominate an outstanding Canadian between the ages of 15 - 25, email and tell us why they should represent Canada.

Song for a Dead Coyote - Acrylic on canvasCanada Gallery to welcome Marion Wagschal

Canada House leafFollowing her successful retrospective show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal last year, the Canada Gallery is delighted to present Canadian artist Marion Wagschal's first ever exhibition in the UK.

Marion Wagschal is an exhibition of paintings created between 1980 and 2015. Reflecting the painter's affinity for psychological portraits, the selected works are telling of her preferred subject: the feminine figure as a repository of stories both personal and universal. The exhibit will run from Feb 5 – April 15.

Canada House Update

The interest in visiting Canada House has not waned, and our winter tour dates are filling up. If you would like to join our Friday afternoon tours, you can find all the details on tours to the end of February on the Tour page of our website.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

Montreal institution Milos, which is also the toast of New York, Miami, Athens and Las Vegas, has opened in London with a splash worthy of none other than Tatler magazine – appropriately enough for a Canadian-owned restaurant, the modern Greek fish restaurant is located in British Columbia House.

Consular Corner

Icon - Travel appThe team at have developed a new app to help you plan your holidays. It includes up-to-date travel advice for more than 200 destinations, as well as emergency contact information. You can find out more at Travel Smart app.

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

Visa Info

Question: My son and his family immigrated to Canada last summer. My husband and I miss them and we would like to visit them for extended periods of time, now that we are retired. Our understanding is that, as British Citizens, we are only allowed in Canada for 6 months at a time. Is this correct? Is there a way to stay longer?

Answer: If your son and his family can demonstrate that they are able to financially support you and your husband during your time in Canada by meeting minimum income thresholds, if you both pass a medical examination, and if you both have medical insurance covering at least one year in Canada, you may be eligible for a parent and grandparent super visa. A super visa allows parents and grandparents to visit their Canadian Citizen or permanent resident children or grand-children in Canada for up to 2 years at a time. Further details can be found on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Should you simply wish to visit your son for periods of less than 6 months at a time, as of 15 March 2016 you will only need an Electronic Travel Authorisation, there is no requirement to apply for a visa.

Did You Know?

The Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) was recently renamed “Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada” (IRCC) to reflect the Canadian government’s commitment to support humanitarian action around the world. You can however continue using the same web address to get the most up-to-date information on the different programmes available. The Hon. John McCallum was appointed minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in November 2015.

January Events

Canada House leafUntil 23 January ¦ Winter: Highlights from the Canada House Collection
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery will feature a selection of pieces of art from the wider Canada House collection celebrating a wintery theme. Monday-Sunday, 11am-5:45pm.

12 – 16 January ¦ Verticle: Le Patin Libre
Somerset House, London ¦ The award-winning Canadian skating quintet return to the UK, performing their fresh take on figure skating at the beautiful Somerset House rink.

13 - 17 January ¦ Corb Lund
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian alt country star Corb Lund tours the UK after the release of his newest album Things That Can’t Be Undone.

14 January ¦ Toronto Raptors
The O2, London ¦ The Toronto basketball team takes on the Orlando Magic as part of the NBA Global Games.

16 - 31 January ¦ Celtic Connections
Glasgow, Scotland ¦ A wide variety of Canadian artists will be performing at this year’s Celtic music festival, including Frazey Ford, the Wainwright Sisters, The Duhks, Fiddle & Banjo, the East Pointers, Les Poules a Colin, The Small Glories, Mo Kenney and Gordie Tentrees.

20 January – 27 February ¦ The Pianist of Willesden Lane
St James Theatre ¦ The critically-acclaimed play adapted and directed by Canadian Hershey Felder makes its UK debut. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is based on the true story of a young Jewish pianist and takes place in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitz.

24 January ¦ Romeo Dallaire
Regent’s University ¦ Former Canadian commander of the UN mission in Rwanda and founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire speaks at 4pm at Regent’s University. To attend, email or by Jan 18.

29 January – 15 May ¦ Electronic Superhighway
Whitechapel Gallery ¦ The Whitechapel Gallery’s multimedia exhibition on the impact of technology on art includes the work of Canadian artists Douglas Coupland, Jeremy Bailey and Jon Rafman.

Further Ahead

Canada House leaf5 February – 15 April ¦ Marion Wagschal at the Canada Gallery
Canada Gallery, Canada House ¦ Following her successful retrospective show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal last year, the Canada Gallery is delighted to present Canadian artist Marion Wagschal's first ever exhibition in the UK. Monday-Sunday, 11am-5:45pm.


For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.

Job Opportunities

The Canadian High Commission is currently hiring an Events and Hospitality Manager. Find out more on our jobs page. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

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