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Canada Plus – February 2016

Your monthly email newsletter from the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom. Subscribe now to Canada Plus.

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Important message from the High Commissioner to all dual-citizens

Dear all,Photo - Gordon Campbell

I’m taking the opportunity this month to raise awareness about the fast-approaching implementation of the eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) being introduced on March 15, 2016 and how it will affect you and your friends and family.

Effective March 15, if you are a dual Canadian citizen, make sure to travel with a valid Canadian passport. Your Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted identification document that proves you have the right to enter Canada.

If you do not have a valid Canadian passport, and present a foreign passport or other document during check-in, you may experience delays or be prevented from boarding your flight to Canada.

Please Note: Canadian citizens (including dual citizens) cannot apply for an eTA. Be prepared and travel with a valid Canadian passport. Learn more about how to renew or apply for a Canadian passport.

I strongly urge you to check your travel documents and determine if you need to apply for – or renew – your Canadian passport. Standard processing time for Canadian passport applications is 20 business days.

I am also asking for Canada Plus readers’ help in spreading the word about this important change. Please take a moment to share this information with any other Canadians who may hold dual citizenship. We are very eager to make sure that no one has their business or leisure trips back to Canada disrupted by this change.

I am grateful for your help.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell 


Image from Pre-Raphaelites on Paper - by Frederick Sandy, 1861National Gallery of Canada in London

The fascinating boutique Leighton House Museum in London’s Holland Park is set to host a touring exhibition that has been organized by Canada’s National Gallery. The exhibition, Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection, brings together more than 100 drawings and sketches collected over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr. Dennis T Lanigan and includes the work of Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Frederic Leighton himself. Until 29 May.


Canada House windowsDestination Canada

Canada House leafIf you are in the Trafalgar Square area, do take a moment to enjoy the latest Destination Canada window displays on the Pall Mall East side of Canada House. The selected photos capture both iconic and surprising scenes that depict the many faces – and facets – of Canada. One glimpse of these sassy and inviting images and visitors to our beautiful country will no doubt be forming an orderly queue!

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 March on the Tour page of our website.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

It’s a match made in Metal heaven. Canadian gaming company Roadhouse Interactive, along with 50cc Games and the legendary Iron Maiden themselves have announced the upcoming release of Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast – which promises to be an “epic” free-to-play mobile role playing game. The group launched the game at Canada House last month, as Roadhouse Interactive is an alumnus of the Canadian Technology Accelerator UK (CTA@UK) program that offers hands-on advice and mentoring by successful international business leaders. Rock on, we say!

Consular Corner

Picking up on the High Commissioner’s message about the fast-approaching introduction of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and how these changes affect Canadian dual citizens, we thought we’d offer a reminder this month of the passport application service here in the UK.

If you need to apply for a new Canadian passport, or renew an out-of-date passport, all of the details, including the forms that you can download, are available on our website. We accept passport applications via post, in person or you can drop them in a secure drop box here at Canada House.

Question: How long will it take to get a new passport?

Answer:  Our service standard, which cannot be expedited, is 20 business days from the receipt of a completed application. Please note that the processing time may increase during busy periods. Due to the large volume of passport applications we receive, we are unable to provide a confirmation of receipt or status update before the 20 business days processing time.

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

Visa Info

Q: My partner (British citizen) and I (Canadian citizen) will be embarking a cruise ship in New York City, travelling to Boston and Québec City in May- June 2016. We are aware that Canada has a new requirement for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) for visitors entering Canada. Does my partner require an eTA for our short stay in Québec City?

A: An Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is indeed a new requirement for those wishing to travel to Canada who are holders of passports from non-visa required countries, such as the United Kingdom. While this authorization will become mandatory as of 15 March 2016, it will not apply to people travelling by sea or by land. ETA will only be required for passengers arriving by air, including those transiting through Canada on their way to another destination. To obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) those wishing to travel to Canada need to complete an on-line application and pay a CA $ 7 fee. To find out more, including who needs an eTA and who doesn’t, visit the eTA website.

Did you know?

Every year, around 150,000 overnight visitors arrive in Canada by sea! Source Tourism Industry Association of Canada

February Events

2 February – 24 March ¦ Stan Douglas
Victoria Miro Gallery, London ¦ The Secret Agent is a solo exhibition by the celebrated Canadian artist Stan Douglas, featuring the UK premiere of a new multi-screen film installation along with a series of large-scale photographs.

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.

12 – 24 February ¦ The Forbidden Room
BFI Southbank, London ¦ Canadian director Guy Maddin’s 2015 film of reworked footage is described as ‘gleeful, hypnotic and totally deranged’.

12 February ¦ Canada Seminar: An Unbroken Line – Haida Art and Culture
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford ¦ Bill Reid (1920-1998) brought the art of the Haida Nation to international attention and inspired many Haida artists to carry on and develop their unique traditions. The artist’s granddaughter, Nika Collison, curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum, and his final apprentice, Gwaai Edenshaw, offer personal reflections on Bill Reid, his art, and his legacy.

18 February ¦ Tammy Weis and Tom Cawley
Pizza Express Soho, London ¦ Canadian jazz chanteuse Tammy Weis performs some old and new songs with partner Tom Cawley.

19 February ¦ Chamber music gala concert dedicated to the First Nations people of Canada
Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, London ¦ Musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the direction of Rivka Golani, offer a concert dedicated to the First Nations of Canada. The programme features works specially written for this occasion by composers from Canada, UK, USA, Hungary and Spain.

24 February ¦ The Stone Diaries
UK ¦ The writing of Carol Shields (1935-2003) often celebrates the mundane by depicting ordinary life and characters. Her works won her many nominations and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Orange Prize. Independent international literature specialist World Editions reissues her Pulitzer-prize-winning novel, The Stone Diaries.

25 February ¦ Rivka Golani
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Virtuoso violist Rivka Golani returns to London with a programme that includes Schubert’s  Arpeggione Sonata,  Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and Britten’s Lachrymae.

Until 27 February ¦ The Pianist of Willesden Lane
St James Theatre, London ¦ 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.

29 February – 1 March ¦ Seminar on diversity, pluralism and the future of citizenship
Goodenough College, London ¦ A free seminar by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation and Goodenough College on borders and belonging: citizenship in an age of transition.

Until 26 April ¦ Tuniit: Arctic Giants & Ivory Miniatures
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge ¦ An exhibition featuring miniature human figures, polar bears, caribou, walrus and birds created by pre-Inuit people living in the region of present day Igloolik in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The collection originates from a remarkable encounter between local Inuit, French missionary Father Etienne Bazin, and Cambridge trained archaeologist Graham Rowley in the 1930s.

Until 15 May ¦ Electronic Superhighway
Whitechapel Gallery, London ¦ 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.

Until 30 May ¦ Hajra Waheed
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead ¦ Hajhra Waheed's first UK solo exhibition expands her project titled Still Against the Sky, with a series of drawings, collages, videos and photo-based works.

Further Ahead

10 March ¦ Art History for Filmmakers
UK ¦ Canadian Gillian McIver’s book studies the complex relationship between painting and cinema.

16 March ¦ Celebrating the Francophonie (in French only)
The Clapham Grand Theatre, London ¦ Improv skits (in French) by professional actors from Belgium, Canada, France, Québec and Switzerland will help celebrate the Francophonie.

From March 24 ¦ JW-Jones UK tour
Various venues across UK ¦ JUNO nominee, singer/guitarist JW-Jones is set to tour the UK in late March and April.


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

Job Opportunities

For more information, go to the Jobs page on our website. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

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