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Canada Plus – March and April 2020

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

These are challenging times for every one of us, and I know that many of you are anxious about the impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of yourselves, your families, and your communities. It is an issue of great concern to us all, and may remain so for the foreseeable future.
Following the guidance of the UK Government, we have reduced staffing levels at Canada House to only essential staff.  Other staff are working from home, where that is operationally feasible.  Despite that, High Commission staff remain available to ensure that Canadian citizens in the UK are safe and have access to consular services, as well as providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions. We recommend following developments and advice of the Government of Canada, the UK Government, and the World Health Organization at the links listed below.
As a reminder, Canadians abroad in need of emergency consular assistance from anywhere in the world can call the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or email
Most importantly, if you or a loved one feels unwell, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has an online coronavirus service, where you can find answers to questions about your health and find out next steps if you feel you may be at risk. 
The Government of Canada will continue to work closely with its international partners, including the United Kingdom and the World Health Organization, to reduce risks to Canadians and the global community.
As both Canada and the UK undertake measures for social distancing, it is natural for us all as social creatures, to feel some apprehension with this new reality. Indeed, as I write this I am currently self-isolating. However, my mood was buoyed by what has been reported by the BBC as an outbreak of “#caremongering” in Canada. A few days ago the word did not exist and now the hashtag, and the movement, is spreading fast as communities across the country use social media to organize help, particularly for the most vulnerable among them. It is an outbreak of kindness that inspires us all to consider how we can provide similar care for our communities here in the UK. In the words of Prime Minister Trudeau, we will be there for each other and we will get through this together. 
Stay well. Take care of each other. 

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette

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