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Canada Plus – August 2017

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Canada Plus

Janice Charette

A message from the High Commissioner

The whirlwind celebrations that have become the hallmark of Canada 150 continued apace here in the United Kingdom in recent weeks. July’s Canada Day kick off in Trafalgar Square was just the beginning, followed just a few days later by a visit to Scotland by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Prime Minister received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and had an audience with Her Majesty. He presented The Queen with the flag that flew atop Parliament on Canada Day.  We were then treated to a very special visit to Canada House by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate the enduring connections between the Royal Family and Canada. Canada’s outgoing Governor General, David Johnston joined us for the visit and presented Her Majesty with a stunning diamond and sapphire broach as she marks her Sapphire Jubilee. It serves as a symbol of the appreciation and affection of the people of Canada for her 65 years of service as our Queen. The royal visitors had a glimpse at some of the artifacts from the fascinating exhibit at the National Maritime Museum on the mystery of the Franklin expedition: ‘Death in the Ice’.

We also took the party to the street in a big way for London Pride with a float that proved incredibly popular as we partied, danced and feted the diversity that helps define us as Canadians. More than 1.4 million people lined the parade route through central London and those of us who took part came away with cherished memories of a day spent in true celebration of all that unites us.

With August upon us, it is time to head to Scotland to soak up the terrific range of Canadian talent performing across the festivals, including the dedicated Canada Hub. I hope to see you there.

Signature - Janice Charette

Janice Charette

Collage - The Queen at Canada House

A very special visit to Canada House by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate the enduring connections between the Royal Family and Canada

Collage - London Pride

London Pride


Canada Hub in Edinburgh

To mark Canada 150, we have joined forces with Canada Council for the Arts, British Council Canada and the Quebec Government to bring the richness and diversity of Canadian culture to Edinburgh’s world-leading festivals. Without a doubt, there’s a dose of Canada for everyone, from comedy to opera, literature to VR, dance to circus.

At the Fringe, the CanadaHub @ King’s Hall will feature six Canadian companies, including Article 11, an Indigenous performance group that will be in residence throughout the month.  The Fringe will also host a production of Party Game by Canadian Jordan Tannahill, presented by the Traverse Theatre.  There is also a wide range of talent appearing across many other Fringe venues. An array of writers will participate in the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the International Festival will feature singers and musicians, including the incomparable Marc-Andre Hamelin.

Win: a chance to explore Northern Manitoba

Travel Manitoba is running a competition to win a unique discovery holiday in northern Manitoba including flights from London, accommodation in Winnipeg, Thompson and Churchill and a chance to see some incredible wildlife. Enter on their website – Picture yourself in Manitoba with great Canadian wildlife.

Consular Corner

Question: My husband will be travelling alone with our daughter to Canada over the summer to visit grandparents. Will they need to bring any extra paperwork with them for the trip?

Answer: It is highly recommended that any children travelling internationally alone, with just one parent or with friends or relatives should carry a letter of consent with them. It is not a legal requirement, but it may simplify travel and may be requested at the border. The letter demonstrates that children have permission to travel abroad from any parents or guardians who are not accompanying them. You can find more information as well as some examples of consent letters on the website – Recommended consent letter for children travelling abroad.

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

Visa Info

Question: My son is a permanent resident of Canada and I would like to visit him for a year. Is this possible?

Answer: Yes, the Super Visa program allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada to be granted a multiple entry visa for a period of up to ten years, and they can stay for a period of up to two years upon initial entry to Canada. You can learn more about the requirements for a Super Visa on our website: Determine your eligibility – Visit your children or grandchildren.    

Did You Know?

As part of the Government of Canada’s new Global Skills Strategy, two new work permit exemptions have been introduced. Highly-skilled workers who need to come to Canada for a very short-term assignment and researchers taking part in short-duration research projects being conducted in Canada will not require a work permit.  Conditions apply.  Please refer to  'How to benefit from the Global Skills Strategy' for more information.

August Events

Canada House leafLament for National Histories - Marianne NicholsonUntil 2 Sept ¦ Felled Trees
Canada Gallery, London ¦ The latest exhibition at Canada House focusses on the maple leaf, the centrepiece of Canada’s flag since 1965. This collection of work from both established and emerging artists examines the symbolism of the maple leaf and what it says about the complexities of Canadian national identity today, 150 years since Confederation.

Image - Lament for National Histories, 2013-2017 | Marianne Nicolson | Acrylic on board with coins and military buttons.

13 Aug ¦ 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid
Canadian Memorial, Newhaven ¦ Newhaven was the port of departure for the Canadian Forces on their way to take part in the ill-fated Dieppe Raid. This hour long service and parade, which is open to the public, will mark the 75th anniversary of this battle.

15 Aug ¦ 12 DAYS OF CANADA 150: Skating Night
Queensway Ice & Bowl, London ¦ A special mid-summer ice skating evening for Canada's 150th brought to you by The London Expat Canadian Meetup Group, Canadians Of London and The Maple Leaf.

20 Aug ¦ Canadian Memorial Day
Worthing, W Sussex ¦ A memorial service for Canadians who were stationed in and around Worthing during the First and Second World Wars. The service begins at 10:45 at the bottom of Grand Avenue, West Worthing.

20 Aug ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup on Portobello Road.

21 Aug – 16 Sept ¦ Late Company
Trafalgar Studios, London ¦ The critically acclaimed play by Jordan Tannahill transfers to the West End. Praised as a contemporary and compelling drama, Late Company explores restorative justice, cyber bullying, and the ever-changing complexities of parenthood in the 21st century.

22 Aug ¦ London Vandoos
The BlackFriar, Blackfriars ¦ Regular drinks night held on the 22nd of each month with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group.

24 – 28 Aug ¦ FrightFest
London ¦ FrightFest, the UK's largest international genre film festival celebrates its 18th anniversary with a diverse range of Canadian films. From science fiction to thriller to horror. Titles include: Radius, Dead Shack, Incontrol, Game of Death, Still/Born, and Devil’s Gate.

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.    

Further Ahead

4 Sept ¦ Monthly Expat Meetup: Wings Night
The Hippodrome Casino ¦ A monthly social event with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at The Hippodrome, Leicester Square.

Until 10 Sept ¦ Canada Through The Lens
British Library, London ¦ Highlights from the British Library’s Canadian photographic collection are on display to celebrate Canada 150. The photos, acquired between 1895 and 1924, show Canada as a young and growing nation.

17 Sept ¦ Little Canada Market
Surrey Street Market, Croydon ¦ A Canadian-themed street market with a pop-up restaurant and bar featuring poutine, perogies and smoked meat, food stalls, wholesale food, ball hockey and face painting.

Until 1 Oct ¦ Zoe Kreye
SPACE Gallery, London ¦ For her commissioned first solo exhibition in the UK, Kreye is collaborating with St Joseph’s Hospice to explore the complexities of loss. In addition to the solo exhibition and performative interventions occurring at the hospice, her project is presented with contextual critical writing, workshops, performances and discussions all open to the public.

Canada House leaf7 Oct ¦ EduCanada Fair
Canada House, London ¦ Join us for this annual event giving students and parents in the UK a chance to learn more about options for post-secondary education in Canada.  This year’s event will feature a Postgraduate Studies Fair in the morning from 10am-12pm, followed by the Undergraduate Studies Fair from 12:30pm-5pm.  Admission is free, but registration is required. Canadian institutions attending include:  Bishop’s, Brock, Carleton, Centennial College, Concordia, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, HEC Montréal, Humber College, Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec, McGill, Mohawk College, Mount Allison, OCAD, Queen’s, Ryerson, UBC, Université de Montréal, Universities of Calgary, Guelph, Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor, Vancouver Island University, and York.

7, 8, 9 and 15 Oct ¦ Meetup Canada 150 Thanksgiving Roasts
The Larrik Inn, London ¦ The Canadian Expat Meetup Group is hosting FOUR Thanksgiving dinners in Marylebone with the addition of poutine, pumpkin pie, as well as a traditional roast dinner.

Until 7 Jan ¦ Death in the Ice: The shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich ¦ A major exhibition exploring the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their fatal last journey into the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. This will be the first time the artifacts found by Parks Canada will be on display in the UK. 


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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