Government of Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Government of Canada


  1. Home
  2. >
  3. Our Office
  4. >
  5. Media Room

Archived Document

Information identified as archived on the Web is for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Web pages that are archived on the Web are not subject to Government of Canada Web Standards; as per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats by contacting us.

Canada Plus – April 2016

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

Canada Plus

A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon Campbell

In April, almost 700 years ago, a group of pilgrims gathered at The Tabard in Southwark to begin a pilgrimage. Their stories are told in The Canterbury Tales. Roughly translated it begins, “When April showers hath pierced to the root”.

April is the first full month of spring and for some The Canterbury Tales is the true beginning of English literature.

For our government, April marks a new fiscal year and the first budget of the new government. We were fortunate to have a visit from Canada’s new Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, just last week. The Minister underlined the thrust of the budget to an audience drawn from Canada and UK industry and financial markets and  highlighted the direction Canada intends to take in the years ahead. He clearly sees this as a time of new beginnings and innovation for our country. If you are interested in information on how the budget may affect your business here in the UK, feel free to get in touch with our specialist Trade Commissioners here at Canada House who are happy to outline the new opportunities that are being put in place.

This April, there is a great deal to look forward to here at Canada House, including the opening later this month of a new show in our Canada Gallery inspired by two pieces from renowned artist Emily Carr. A trailblazer for women in art in Canada, the new exhibition opens 100 years after women in Canada began the long march to suffrage when Alberta’s legislature joined Manitoba and Saskatchewan in giving women the vote in provincial elections. Yet another reason to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell 

Virtual Reality at Canada House
Virtual Reality has arrived at Canada House


Changes to ID cards for veterans

Just a quick reminder for any Canadian Armed Forces veterans. As of January 31st, the Department of National Defence stopped accepting/processing applications for Records of Service Cards (NDI75).  This means that the only official Government of Canada document that confirms service in the Armed Forces will be the Record of Service.  If you need to obtain a copy of your Record of Service, please follow this link to Library and Archives Canada. As a more portable option,  serving and ex-members of the Canadian Forces and their respective families are also encouraged to obtain the CFOne card.   CFOne cards confirm proof of service and include the individual’s name, category of membership (currently serving, veteran, etc.), a unique identifier, a bar code and a magnetic strip. For more information and to register visit the CFOne card website.

Casting call for French-Canadian actors

A UK company is looking for French-speaking Canadian actors based in the UK between the ages of 45 – 70 for television ads to be shown in Quebec. For more details please email katherine.carter@actegy.comCanada House Update

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

We are also pleased to offer tour guests a chance to experience Virtual Reality at Canada House prior to your tour. Featuring exciting Canadian-made content, we have two VR stations which you may wish to try before the tour begins.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

In March the Trade Commissioner Service hosted an event with four top UK VFX studios at Canada House to introduce British animators and VFX professionals to the benefits of working in Canada. Canada has a thriving digital media industry, recognized as a world leader in video game development, animation and visual effects. All four major UK VFX companies; Moving Picture, Cinesite, Framestore and Double Negative, have studios in Canada.

Consular Corner

Do you need to renew a Canadian passport? The usual processing time for a passport is 20 business days; however, please note that due to a very large volume of applications received, the processing time is currently longer. We recommend you submit applications as early as possible.

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

Visa Info

Question:  My family has operated a 500-acre farm in the UK for several generations. Although my spouse and I would eventually like to downsize, our children also want to farm and our current operation is not large enough to support all of us. Land for expansion, however, is very expensive in the UK. We understand that farmland is less expensive in Canada, but is it possible to move our operation to Canada? How do we proceed?

Answer:  Farming is an important industry in Canada and offers opportunities for those having relevant skills and experience. If you have experience operating a farm and have the intention of continuing to do so once in Canada, you may be eligible for the Self-Employed Persons program. Farmers may also qualify for nomination under one of the Provincial nominee programs. Canadian land prices and ownership criteria can vary from province to province, so preliminary research will help you select which part of Canada would be most suited to your particular circumstances.

Did you know?

According to the 2011 Census, farmers own 64.6% of the total farming land in Canada; the rest of the land is rented or leased from others. Nova Scotia, Quebec and New Brunswick have the greatest proportion of land owned by the farmers who operate on it at 91.0%, 84.0% and 83.5% respectively. Newfoundland and Labrador ranks last, with 31.2%. Source: Statistics Canada.

April Events

6 April ¦ ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’: The Power of Youth Networks
Royal Overseas League, London ¦ A panel discussion on how creating an inclusive Commonwealth can ensure young people are involved in social, economic and political decision-making.

8 April ¦ Book launch: Settle
Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh ¦ Theresa Muñoz, explores her personal roots as an immigrant and her experience with the digital world. Muñoz holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow. Born in Vancouver to Filipino parents, she now makes Edinburgh her home.

10 April ¦ Expat meetup: Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace ¦ The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group is organizing a tour of Kensington Palace to be followed by a chance to socialize at a nearby pub.

Canada House leafUntil 17 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.

13 – 16 April ¦ She Said
Sadler’s Wells, London ¦ English National Ballet presents a triple bill of world premieres that includes works by world-class female choreographers: Aszure Barton (Canada), Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Netherlands) and Yabin Wang (China). Barton creates a piece fuelled by the individuality of the dancers, set to a new score by Mason Bates.

17 April ¦ Bang on a Can All-Stars
Milton Court Concert Hall, London ¦ Following on from their 2012 premiere of the project at the Barbican, New York’s inventive ensemble returns to London to perform works by a range of composers from a spectrum of musical worlds, including Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Julia Wolfe.

Canada House leaf18 April ¦ Vincent Morisset
Canada House ¦ Interactive music video pioneer Vincent Morisset in conversation with Shane Walter, Creative Director of onedotzero. Through playful live navigation, behind the scenes material and a bicolorama experiment, Vincent will share his unique perspective on interactive storytelling. This event is by invitation only but to register your interest in attending please email - Douglas Gibson across Canada

Canada House leaf19 April ¦ Across Canada By Story: A Coast-to-Coast Literary Adventure
Canada House ¦ A performance by Doug Gibson based on anecdotes about Canadian authors and prime ministers. This event is by invitation only but to register your interest in attending please email

22 and 23 April ¦ Angela Hewitt
Wigmore Hall, London ¦ Angela Hewitt shares her thoughts and opinions on musical interpretation in a masterclass session with postgraduate pianists from the four London music colleges. Ms Hewitt will also offer a recital on the following evening with a programme that includes Schubert and Haydn.

Canada House leafA portrait of Joseph Paul by Dana Claxton22 April – 19 June ¦ The Tremendous Elusive – Emily Carr and the Canadian Imaginary
Canada House Gallery, London ¦ Taking the work of renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr as a starting point, this exhibition explores how contemporary artists express the Canadian imaginary through ideas of landscape, indigeneity and a sense of free movement. Featured artists include Emily Carr, Melanie Authier, Dana Claxton, Marlene Creates, Christos Dikeakos, Freda Diesing and Wanda Koop, among others. Monday-Sunday, 11am-5:45pm.

26 April ¦ LGBT Expats Meetup
KuKlub, London ¦ The Expat Canadian Meetup Group has organized an event for LGBT Canadians with a reserved space upstairs at KuKlub in Lisle St.

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.

27 April – 1 May ¦ Playground
The London Theatre, London ¦ Canadian playwright Karen Morash’s work Playground examines what happens when four very different mothers have to deal with each other following an incident at the local primary school.

29 April ¦ A Canadian Evening at Bodo’s Schloss
Bodo’s Schloss, London ¦ An event organized by Canadians in London promising Austrian twists on some Canadian classics.

30 April ¦ Shakespeare and Modernism Symposium
Barbican Centre, London ¦ Cary Dipietro (University of Toronto) and Christian Billing (University of Hull) are the keynote speakers at this one-day symposium that explores the relationship between modernist thinking, scenography, art and literature in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Until May 1 ¦ Susan Caines On Demand Exhibition
Banner Repeater, London ¦ The artist employs inventive methods including collective writing that hijacks characters from popular television series to create a new piece of “textual art” that evolves over the course of the show.

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

6 May – 5 June ¦ Brighton Fringe
Brighton ¦ A rich mix of comedy acts and theatre from Canada join the wide array of critically acclaimed shows and performers at the 2016 Brighton Fringe.

6 – 14 May ¦ Century Song
Salford, Birmingham, London ¦ Volcano Theatre Canada presents Century Song, an exploration of the past 100 years inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens. Starring soprano Neema Bickersteth.

11 May ¦ Hilarity for Charity
Seven Dials Club, London ¦ Four Canadian comedians headline this event to raise money for two charities supported by the Maple Leaf Trust: the Veterans’ Support Committee and the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund Committee.

12 – 22 May ¦ Rae Spoon
Various UK venues ¦ Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Rae Spoon tours UK venues to celebrate the release of their newest album, Armour.

31 May and 1 June ¦ Betroffenheit
Sadler’s Wells, London ¦ The UK premiere of a new choreography by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Crystal Pite.  In this collaborative work with Jonathon Young, Pite touches on themes of loss, trauma, addiction and recovery through a boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance.  The Canadian choreographer was recently presented with the National Dance Award for best modern choreography.

5 – 11 June ¦ Neil Young
Various UK venues ¦ Legendary Canadian rocker Neil Young tours the UK in June, performing in Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds and London.

8 and 9 June ¦ Beating Retreat
Horse Guards Parade, London ¦ The traditional evening pageant of music and military precision drills and fireworks will this year be celebrating The Commonwealth, in the year of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.

25 June ¦ Canada Day Cruze
Temple Pier, London ¦ The tenth Canada Day afternoon cruise on the Thames organized by the London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, featuring prizes and games.


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 Job Opportunity page on our website. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

Archive - Canada Plus

* If you require a plug-in or a third-party software to view this file, please visit the alternative formats section of our help page.


Date Modified: