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Canada Plus – July and August 2019

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A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Janice Charette

Last month, I had the immense honour of joining Prime Minister Trudeau to attend the National Commemorative Event in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. How inspiring it was to be joined by veterans, world leaders and representatives of the Allied forces as we listened to heroic and harrowing stories of the bravery of those who fought on the shores of Normandy 75 years ago for our peace and freedom. #WeWillRememberThem

Though it may not feel like it, summer is now finally upon us and things are heating up at Canada House where we have two months filled with exciting events and opportunities to highlight Canada here in the United Kingdom.

On Canada Day, July 1st, we celebrated the 152nd anniversary of Confederation at Canada House and with “Canada Day in a Box” kits distributed to households across the United Kingdom. And on July 6th, we celebrated Pride in London and the 100th anniversary of the Royal Henley Peace Regatta, where our Canadian cadets also did Canada proud as they competed alongside the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and France.

As the summer moves on, we look forward to a myriad of events. Canada’s Foreign Minister, the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, will be co-hosting the Global Conference on Media Freedom with the United Kingdom to underline the importance of protecting the freedom of press. Over the past few years, we have seen a backsliding in human rights and the rights of journalists across the world. Freedom of the press is one of the pillars of democracy. So I am pleased that Canada is partnering with the UK to lead on finding solutions to keeping the world’s journalists free and safe.

In addition to this, we have been highlighting the richness of Canada’s Indigenous communities through an array of Indigenous Canadian arts and culture events across the UK hosted or supported by the High Commission of Canada. If you haven’t had the chance to see it yet, Indigenous Canadian artist Sonny Assu’s A Radical Mixing exhibit is on now in our Canada Gallery.

Finally, I am so very proud to see so many other Canadian artists hitting the stages and galleries of the Edinburgh Festivals throughout the month of August. I’ll be there and hope to see some of you paying them a visit and seeing what Canada has to offer. 

 Signature - Janice Charette
Janice Charette

 Canada House staff - Canada Day

Canada House - Canada Day 2019


D-Day 75: The National Commemorative Event

During Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Portsmouth, tribute was paid to the extraordinary bravery and achievements of our D-Day Veterans, reconfirming Canada’s commitment to always stand against tyranny and oppression in all forms. The commemorative event recounted the history of how 15 nations united to secure the freedom of the world, and celebrated international alliance past, present and future.

Collage - Commemorative event - D Day 2019

Canada Day Party Packs

In celebration of Canada Day this year, we sent out 152 party packs to the first 152 Canada Plus readers who wrote in to tell us their favourite thing about summertime in Canada. We received an overwhelming number of responses, and, while we couldn’t send party packs to everyone who wrote to us, we really enjoyed reading about the things that we all love and miss about summer in Canada! By far, the top three things mentioned were spending time at a cottage with friends and family; swimming (rivers, lakes and oceans!), and of course, BBQs! Here are just some of the ways our readers put their party packs to use:

Collage - Canada Day 2019

Business Brief

Creative Connections at Banff Media Festival

We continue to see growing excitement about Canadian creative industries in the UK.  On June 9th , the High Commission of Canada in the UK, along with trade colleagues from Dublin, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, brought senior representatives from international networks and a UK based journalist to the Banff World Media Festival. These international buyers came from the BBC and ITV, as well as from Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, ABC, AMC and CNN, and met with 42 Canadian production companies who pitched their shows and established personal connections with the international executives. Additionally, the international executives participated in face-to-face meetings and a variety of round table discussions during the 3-day event, which increased their exposure to further opportunities to collaborate with Canada, and export Canadian programming. The Banff World Media Festival is a meeting place and market for those who create and develop global television and digital content. Now in its 40th year, more than 1500 international delegates attended from over 25 countries.

Consular Corner

From June 4th individuals who do not identify exclusively as female or male can apply to have the ‘X’ gender identifier printed on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada documents, including Canadian passports and travel documents. First-time applicants or individuals who are renewing documents due to expire in less than six months can select ‘X’ on the relevant form when they apply.

Individuals who hold a document valid for six months or longer or that does not expire can apply to replace the document with one that displays the ‘X’ gender identifier, without paying new application fees.

Please refer to Canadians can now identify as gender “X” on their passports for more information.

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

Visa Info

Question: I discovered that I needed an eTA (electronic travel authorization) upon arriving at the airport. I found a website and made my application online. My eTA was approved shortly after, but when I received my credit card statement, I saw that I had been charged £75 for my eTA, not £7! Why is this?
Answer: There are companies, like travel agencies, who charge a fee to make an application for an eTA for you. These are private companies who do not operate on behalf of the Government of Canada. They charge a fee for a service that they offer. The Government of Canada cannot issue a refund if you chose to hire them. It is best to apply for your eTA directly on the Government of Canada website. It is also a good idea to include your phone number on the form, although not compulsory, in case we need to call you. For more information about eTAs and immigration to Canada, please visit Immigration and citizenship.

Did you know?

The McIntosh is the national apple of Canada, originating from Upper Canada, now known as Ontario. Apple's Macintosh computer was named after the apple, but the spelling was changed for copyright purposes. You can find more information about the McIntosh apple - The Mystery of Mr. McIntosh's Apple.

July and August Events

Canada House leafUntil 26 October ¦ Sonny Assu: A Radical MixingChalk paint and collage on panel
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ From sci-fi to superheroes, Sonny Assu investigates what it means to be an Indigenous Canadian today. His work is informed by a deep understanding of his heritage, radically remixing Kwakwaka’wakw iconography with western and pop aesthetics. Curated by The Baldwin and a part of Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival.

Detail - The Speculator Boom: Careful, Shugah, You’re Almost Smiling 2018

Meet upJuly 21 ¦ Café Canada
Costa Coffee, Southwark ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Costa Coffee in Southwark.

Meet upJuly 22 ¦ London Vandoos
The Chapel, Marylebone ¦ A monthly social gathering with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

August 2–24 ¦ The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution featuring performances by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands. Part of Festivals Edinburgh, this year will feature the RCMP Pipes and Drums against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Meet upAug 5 ¦ 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.

August 17–26 ¦ Harlow Campus 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration
Old Harlow, Essex ¦ Anyone with a connection to Memorial University’s Harlow Campus is invited to join in celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Join in commemorating a half-century of learning, discovery, adventure and friendship in the UK.

Further Ahead

September 29 ¦ RBC Race for the Kids
Elizabeth Marina, Jersey ¦ Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is bringing RBC Race for the Kids back to Jersey in support of Mind Jersey, Youthful Minds for the second year in a row. The global family fun run series has raised over CAD $47 million for charities and is a fully inclusive run, open to islanders of any age and ability. The race will take place on the second day of the RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey weekend.

Canada House leafOctober 5 ¦ EduCanada UK Undergraduate and Postgraduate Fairs (Save the Date)
Canada House, London ¦ Any students and families interested in opportunities for study in Canada at the undergraduate or postgraduate levels are invited to Canada House for our EduCanada UK Fairs, which will include representatives from a number of institutions across Canada. To receive registration information, please email:

October 12 & 13 ¦ RBC Running Weekend
London ¦ RBC is hosting a weekend of running in London’s Hyde Park in October with RBC Race for the Kids, a 5km family fun run and festival on Saturday, followed by the Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by RBC, on Sunday. All kids go free! Sign up and help support charity partner Great Ormond Street Hospital.

For more great arts & culture listings, see our Culture Canada site!


The High Commission works with partners in Canada and the UK to develop exhibitions, talks and other programming linked to Canada’s international priorities and objectives. Check out our Calendar of Events.

Job Opportunities

Immigration Program Assistant – (LE5)
Salary: £31,440 per annum
Closing date: Sunday, 14 July 2019
Duration: Indeterminate, Term & Emergency

Social Secretary – (LE5)
Salary: £31,440 per annum
Closing date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Duration: Indeterminate

Public Affairs Assistant – (LE5)
Salary: £31,440 per annum
Closing date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Duration: Indeterminate

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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