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Canada Plus – March 2017

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A message from the High Commissioner

Janice Charette

The merits of trade – and trade deals – are very much the talk of political and business circles here in the UK and beyond right now. Last month, we welcomed the European Parliament’s vote to pass the much-anticipated Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which will be provisionally implemented in the coming months.

In my travels around the country, I am often asked why Canada and our European friends – including the UK – have placed such importance on seeing this deal succeed. I’ve responded that Canada, like the UK, is and always has been a trading nation. And while the UK forges a new relationship with Europe, the benefits of CETA will be fully open to businesses here and we are committed to keeping our trading relationship strong.

Canada’s trading story dates back as far as fur pelts in the 16th century and continues straight through to the technology, energy and yes, even the maple syrup that we export today. But I think today we all recognize the real need to show – not just tell – people how trade benefits them, their jobs and their families. Just one example – this one for those of us with a sweet tooth – under CETA the 8% import tariff on Canadian maple syrup will be eliminated on day one of the deal taking effect, while the Mars Bars and Walkers’ Shortbread shipped to Canada will see reductions of up to 6%.

That is just one small example, there are many more, but moreover, our research shows that people with trade-related jobs earn wages that are on average more than 50% higher than in sectors that are less reliant on trade. Here at Canada House we have a team of Trade Commissioners ready to help budding British entrepreneurs discover new markets in Canada. Is it just me, or does that sound like a sweet deal?

Signature - Janice Charette

Janice Charette


Legion d’Honneur

Last month we were proud to welcome three Canadian veterans of WWII to Canada House for a special presentation of the Legion D’Honneur by a representative of the French Embassy, Rear-Admiral Patrick Chevallereau. Albert Cunningham, Donald Dunlop and Bill Smith were given the medal, considered France’s highest military and civilian honour, for their role in the liberation of France during the Second World War. “This Legion d’Honneur is not only a thank you to the men who were ready to give their lives to liberate us, it is also another important message: we shall not forget, we shall never forget,” RA Chevallereau told the men.

Three Canadian veterans of WWII at Canada House

Business Brief

Canada will have a stand at this year’s International Food and Drink Event (IFE), taking place in London from March 19th-22nd. The event attracts an audience of over 29,000 trade visitors from around the world and is a great opportunity to showcase Canadian products and encourage new sales. The High Commission has worked with provincial government partners in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec as well as the Canadian Food Exporters Association to organize Canada’s presence at the show and products on display will include maple syrup, maple water, cider, spices, dried fruit, snack bars, sauces and dips.

Consular Corner

The High Commission provides limited notarial services, since the signatures of local UK solicitors or notary publics are directly acceptable in Canada.

If your document is for use in a foreign country you are advised to verify acceptable methods of authentication with the receiving authority.  The Canadian High Commission does not attach apostilles to documents and consequently embassies and authorities in foreign counties may not recognize a document authenticated by the High Commission.

For further details of services we can and cannot provide, together with fees and opening hours, please take a look at Notarial Services.

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

Visa Info

Question: I would like to visit Canada and I am planning to apply for an eTA, but I am worried I might have problems due to a past conviction for drinking and driving. What should I do?

Answer: If you have a past conviction, you may be criminally inadmissible to Canada. If you wish to apply for an eTA and have a past conviction, we strongly recommend that you submit an application for criminal rehabilitation for us to assess your conviction and resulting sentence before applying for an eTA. Please find the application form and instructions. Tick the box ‘for information only’ on the application form and send all your documents by mail to us. If a fee is required, we will request it at a later time. Please note that an up-to-date police certificate is required and needs to be submitted with your application.  In short, make sure you apply well in advance of your planned trip to Canada and do not book your flight to Canada before you hold a valid eTA so as to avoid disappointment.

Did you know

The results of the 2016 census are out! The population of Canada is now 35,151,728, a change of 5% since the last census in 2011.

March Events

3 – 19 Mar ¦ Les Bordéliques: Blind Date
Various UK venues ¦ Former Cirque du Soleil performers use dance, comedy and music to tell their story of three couples who have never met before and the trials of dating in the modern world.

9 Mar ¦ A Canadian Evening in London
White Mustache, London ¦ Perogies, poutine, Caesars and smores by the fire are on the agenda at this event organised by the Canadians in London group.Canadian Humourist

Canada House leaf10 March – 27 May ¦ Rodney Graham: Canadian Impressionist
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery is proud to present Rodney Graham: Canadian Impressionist, an exhibition featuring the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

Until 18 Mar ¦ Abbas Akhavan, variations on a garden
DRAF Studio, London ¦ In this exhibition the artist presents the sculptural installation Study for a Monument, based on his research with the ‘Flora of Iraq’ archive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London and living plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.

18 Mar ¦ The Student World Fair
Emirates Stadium, London ¦ Anyone considering studying in Canada has a chance to meet representatives of a variety of Canadian universities and colleges at the Student World Fair. Register in advance for free.

18 Mar ¦ 400 Years and After: Pocahontas’ legacies in contemporary Native American art, film and society
British Library, London ¦ Mohawk film-maker and artist, Shelley Niro, will join a distinguished group of panelists to ‘discover’ the real Pocahontas, 400 years after her death. The event is part of a one-day programme that includes film screenings, panel debates, a lecture, and a musical performance exploring the historic and cultural figure of Pocahontas.

19 Mar ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup,  London ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup located in Victoria house, Bloomsbury, central London.

20 – 25 March ¦ Exhibition - #MadeAtChelsea
Chelsea College of Art ¦ A cross-cultural exhibition curated by Sotheby's Fine Art students and  featuring the work of 6 artists working within the mediums of painting and sculpture. Featured artists include Heather Gentleman (Canada).

20 March ¦ Talk: The Rise and Fall of French Canadian Loyalism
UCL Institute of the Americas ¦ Damien Bélanger of the University of Ottawa delivers the annual UCL Quebec Lecture, tracing the rise and fall of French Canadian Loyalism from the British Conquest to the Quiet Revolution. Attendance is free but pre-registration is advised.

Canada House leaf21 March ¦ In-Conversation with Dan Snow and Sir David Attenborough
Canada House ¦ The High Commission is pleased to host, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, an evening with Sir David Attenborough, and Canadian/British television presenter Dan Snow. Canada Plus readers have a chance to win a pair of tickets to this event. Please send an email to with the name and email of a new subscriber.

21 Mar ¦ Hidden Cameras
Kamio, London ¦ The Toronto indie pop band fronted by singer-songwriter Joel Gibb comes to London, playing what was once described as “gay church folk music”.

21 Mar ¦ A Beginner’s Guide to Killing Cancer Cells
The May Fair Hotel, London ¦ The University of Toronto President Meric Gertler invites alumni and friends to a presentation by Professor Patrick Gunning, a chemist who has been working on developing inhibitors of proteins that drive lethal cancers.

21 Mar ¦ Emily Carr in Bushey
The Bushey Centre, Hertforshire ¦ Pat Wollard, Joint Art Curator at Bushey Museum, explores the life of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most esteemed artists, and her connection to Bushey. Talk starts at 8 pm, donations are welcome.

22 Mar ¦ Match d’improv
Clapham Grand, London ¦ Celebrate the Francophonie with this lively improv comedy competition in its fourth year between teams from Belgium, France, Switzerland, Monaco, Canada and Quebec.

22 Mar ¦ London Vandoos
Henry's Piccadilly, London ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

23 – 25 March ¦ Room 29: Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales
Barbican Theatre, London ¦ Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker give a voice to the ghosts of Room 29 of the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood, using music, theatrics, clips from classic Hollywood movies and more to reveal their secrets.

29 March ¦ Hilarity for Charity
Seven Dials Club, London ¦ The Maple Leaf Trust presents a Canadian comedy evening with Ryan Cull, Tanyalee Davis and Tom Stade. Canadian beer will be available at the bar, and proceeds from the event will go to the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund.

30 March ¦ Recital - Marc-André Hamelin piano and Leif Ove Andsnes
Wigmore Hall, London  ¦ The Canadian and Norwegian master pianists join forces for an evening of duets, in a programme that includes Stravinsky, Mozart and Debussy.

Until 27 Aug ¦ Where the Thunderbird lives: cultural resilience on the Northwest Coast of North America
British Museum, London ¦ The British Museum hosts this exhibition on the history of the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. The exhibit will bring together objects reflecting 10,000 years of rich cultural heritage. Free gallery talks March 21, March 29 and May 24.

Further Ahead

2017 ¦ Royal Events
Various ¦ Canadians are invited to apply for Royal Events. New for 2017 is a self-registration system and new page on our website regarding all Royal Events taking place this year. Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, please make sure you read the information on the website carefully in order to apply correctly. We will be updating the website throughout the coming months, so please check regularly. Good luck in the ballot!

3 Apr ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
The Maple Leaf, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at The Maple Leaf Pub, Covent Garden.

6 May ¦ Songs in the Key of Cree
Finborough Theatre, London ¦ The UK premiere of Songs in the Key of Cree, a compilation of songs written over the past 30 years by Cree-Canadian playwright and songwriter Tomson Highway. The Cree songs will be sung by Peruvian-Canadian cabaret singer Patricia Cano, with Marcus Ali on saxophone and Tomson Highway on piano.

14 & 15 June ¦ Beating Retreat
Horse Guards Parade ¦ Canadians are invited to the Beating Retreat this year, an annual pageant of music and military precision drills, including music, cannons and fireworks. This year includes the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. Tickets are available from the Household Division.


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

Job Opportunities

Canada House, London ¦ For information about working at the High Commission, visit the Job Opportunity page on our website. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

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