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Canada Plus – March and April 2018

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

This month’s Canada Plus finds us gearing up for International Women’s Day on Thursday, when we will host a series of events, including a Twitter Q&A with yours truly (#AskCanadaHouse).

But for Canada, advancing gender equality and the celebration of our diversity is not something we treat as a special occasion – it is integral to our society and all of us, women and men, girls and boys, have a role to play in making gender equality a reality in all that we do.

This is definitely the case here at Canada House - last month alone, we held three events aimed at advancing women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and we were very proud to host the PRS Foundation for their official launch of Keychange – an exciting new project to celebrate and invest in female music creators and industry professionals, including ensuring emerging artists can travel to leading music festivals across Europe and Canada. We also hosted Mercy Corps for an important discussion about how to support communities to become more resilient and better able to counter radicalization to violence, recognizing the specific impact on women and girls. 

It is through this day-to-day work that we will ensure that we fulfil the commitment made by our two Prime Ministers last year to make concrete gains for gender equality and women’s empowerment in communities across Canada, the UK and around the world. Please join us in this vital conversation #Equalitymatters.

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette


Equality Matters

The High Commissioner Janice Charette will be doing her very first Twitter Q&A on March 8th for International Women’s Day. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of Canada’s highest-ranking diplomats and a woman who has pushed gender barriers in her career. It is part of a week when we will be highlighting why equality matters and its benefits for the whole of society. We encourage you to tweet your questions in advance by using #AskCanadaHouse or sending them by email to with ‘Ask Canada House’ in the subject line. Then tune in to our social media accounts at 12:15 GMT on March 8th to follow the discussion @CanadianUK or @CanadienRU.

All Change for Canada Plus

Canada Plus is changing it up! Beginning in May, we will be sending out our newsletter with updates on all things Canadian in the UK on a bi-monthly basis. If you have Canadian-related events happening in May or June, please do send them to us and we’ll be sure to include them in the next issue. That means any hot plans for Canada Day festivities that you wish to share need to be with us by Friday, April 20th for inclusion in the May issue.

Commonwealth flagbearer

Congratulations to Umang Khandelwal on being chosen as Canada’s flagbearer for the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, March 12. Umang is a Cambridge law student who has already distinguished herself internationally. She was chosen to represent Canada in China at the Y20 and over the summer between terms at Cambridge she volunteered with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Access Pro Bono.

Business Brief

Latvian carrier Primera Air is joining the club in offering flights to Canada. The year-round direct service to Toronto begins with departures from Birmingham in May and in June flights also begin from Stansted.

Consular Corner

Save time at the border when travelling to Canada

Download the CanBorder - eDeclaration mobile app. The mobile app is quick, simple and secure; it operates entirely in airplane mode (once downloaded) and stores only non-sensitive information. The Can-Border – eDeclaration mobile app does away with paper landing cards and allows you to create a declaration for up to five travellers with the same place of residence. It also reduces your processing time at a Primary Inspection Kiosk by up to 50% upon arrival. For more information please visit Canada Border Services Agency.

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

Visa Info

Question: How can I move to one of the East Coast provinces of Canada to live and work?

Answer: The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).  The program lets Atlantic employers hire qualified candidates for jobs that they haven’t been able to fill locally. It usually takes six months to process your permanent resident application. If you are interested in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, check ‘Atlantic Immigration Pilot’ on the IRCC website  to see if you qualify for one or more of the three programs under the Pilot: Atlantic High-Skilled Program, Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program, Atlantic International Graduate Program.

Did You Know?

If you meet the requirements to apply for permanent resident status under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, you may also be eligible to apply for a temporary work permit. Check the IRCC website (Application for a Temporary Work Permit – Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program) for more details.

March and April Events

Canada House leafMoose Cow at FontainbleauUntil May 26 ¦ Vikky Alexander: The Spoils of the Park
Canada Gallery, London ¦ For her first UK exhibition, Vikky Alexander presents colour photographs and pencil/watercolour drawings that reflect her interest in histories of architecture and design, focusing on locations such as the opulent grounds and interiors of European stately homes, places that speak to desire, aspiration, wealth, class and ideas of belonging. Monday to Saturday, 11am -5:45pm.

March 7 ¦ Tamara Henderson
Tate Modern, London ¦ An evening dedicated to the imaginative short films of Tamara Henderson.  Henderson’s films bridge dreams with everyday life in a personal and poetic visual language.  The programme includes the premiere of a new short film alongside a selection of previous works. The screening is followed by a discussion with the artist and a Q&A.

March 7 – 24 ¦ From the House of the Dead
Royal Opera House, London ¦ Under the direction of Mark Wigglesworth, tenor Pascal Charbonneau makes his Royal Opera debut as Aljeja in the Royal Opera premiere of Janáček’s final work.

March 8 ¦ Tax and Financial Planning Evening
Quebec Government Office, London ¦ The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce presents an evening of tax and financial advice for Canadian expats and those with property and investments in Canada.

March 13 ¦ Rural Alberta Advantage & Yukon Blonde
Various UK locations ¦ These two Canadian indie bands are touring the UK together.

Natasha Sutton Williams, gives a fearless performanceMarch 14 – 18 ¦ Freud The Musical
Natasha Sutton WilliamsThe Vaults, London ¦ Award winning writer, composer, actor and singer, Natasha Sutton Williams, gives a fearless performance in this one-woman show that explores true-life events of the intellectual colossus and father of modern psychology.

March 17 ¦ Nova Scotia recruitment
London ¦ The province of Nova Scotia is on a mission to attract and promote immigration to the province and representatives will be in London on March 17. Register online to attend the event and learn more about why people from all over the world are choosing to live and work in Nova Scotia.

March 19 – 25 ¦ Oh Canada! F(eh)stival
Landor Space, London ¦ This festival brings contemporary Canadian theatre to the UK with readings, a musical theatre performance and three performances of the play Little One by Hannah Moscovitch.

March 20 ¦ Francophonie : Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes Final (French only) 
The Institut français, London ¦ Francophonie UK present the national final of the Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes, concluding months of French debating competitions involving hundreds of sixth form students from across the UK. This event will be followed by a screening of the documentary Speak-Up (À voix haute) by Stéphane de Freitas.

March 21 – April 1 ¦ BFI Flare, London LGBTQ+ Film Festival
BFI Southbank ¦ There are lots of Canadian films coming to this year’s BFI Flare. Watch out for the following features, as well as a number of short films: Love, Scott (World Permiere); Rebels on Pointe; Southern Pride (World Premiere); The Carmila Movie.

March 21 ¦ March Meetup Entr’Elles London – Francophonie Special
WeWork Mansion House ¦ The High Commission of Canada will be participating in this meetup. They will tell the story of the place of women in the Francophonie and how the Francophonie can improve and promote gender equality.

March 22 ¦ Francophonie: Film Screening of La Passion D’Augustine
Edinburgh | The French Institute of Scotland in collaboration with the Délégation générale du Québec and the Canadian High Commission invite you to a screening of the 2015 Quebec movie: La passion d’Augustine. Lead actress Lysandre Ménard will be in attendance.

March 22 ¦ London Vandoos
Duke Of Somerset, London ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

March 24 – 31 ¦ Port Cities
Various UK venues ¦ The Halifax band, fresh from sweeping 5 awards at Nova Scotia Music Week, tour port cities (and others) in the UK.

improv comedy competition between artists from France, Canada and QuebecMarch 28 ¦ Francophonie: Match d’improv
The Tabernacle, London ¦ Celebrate the 5th lively international edition of an improv comedy competition between artists from France, Canada and Quebec.

April 2 ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
The Maple Leaf, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

April 2 – 5 ¦ Bahamas
Various UK venues ¦ Singer songwriter Afie Jurvanen displays his version of pure groove touring his fourth album, Earthtones.

April 8 – 15 ¦ Arcade Fire
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire’s Infinite Content tour rolls out across the UK.

April 17 ¦ Hilarity for Charity
Seven Dials Club, London ¦ The Maple Leaf Trust hosts a night of Canadian comedy to raise money for the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund. Featuring comedians Mike Wilmot, Dana Alexander, David Tsonos and Dylan Rhymer, with Caesars served at the bar.

April 22 ¦ London Vandoos
The Merchant, Canary Wharf ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

April 30 ¦ Sarah Davachi
Milton Court Concert Hall, London ¦ Canadian composer and performer of electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi, will open an evening of ambient electronic music which explores how we perceive sound and memory.

Further Ahead

Until May 7 ¦ David Milne – Modern Painting
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London ¦ Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of work by the Canadian painter, David Milne (1882-1953). This exhibition brings together more than 90 works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist.

May 7 ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
The Maple Leaf, London ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group

May 10 – 26 ¦ Lessons in Love and Violence
Royal Opera House, London ¦ Barbara Hannigan returns to Covent Garden to sing the role of Isabel in the world premiere of George Benjamin’s new collaboration with Martin Crimp.


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

Job Opportunities

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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