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Canada Plus – November

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Photo - Gordon CampbellA message from the High Commissioner

The results of the 42nd general election are cause for celebration by all Canadians.
When the polls closed, Elections Canada officials undertook to count the ballots of 17,553,469 people. That represents an estimated voter turnout of 68.5% and is the highest since 1993.

There was a smooth transition between the outgoing Conservative government of Stephen Harper and the incoming Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and our new government is now in place.

Both Mr Trudeau and Mr Harper stood side by side on October 22 to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Ottawa in memory of the soldiers killed in separate attacks in Canada last year.

These are the very tenets of democracy of which all Canadians should be rightly proud.

It can be all too easy to forget how fortunate we are to live in a society where change is dictated by ballots – not bullets.  Along with our friends in the United Kingdom, we will pause on Remembrance Sunday to honour those who sacrificed everything in defense of our shared values. Our Remembrance Sunday ceremony takes place at the Canada Memorial on 8 November at 13:45 and I do hope to see you there.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell


Canadian Hero Remembered

Ken Taylor, a respected former Canadian diplomat, has been honoured with obituaries, articles and messages after passing away last month. He was perhaps most famous for the role he played in the “Canadian Caper” when he helped six American diplomats escape Iran during the hostage crisis, later portrayed in the Academy Award winning film, Argo.


Mural - lestweforget!CANADACanada House is proud to host the lestweforget!CANADA project as part of our commemorations for 2015. The lestweforget!CANADA project includes a mural, a Veterans Tribute Pole and a performances of sketches from Movember-funded CONTACT!unload, a play written and performed by the veterans themselves (performances on November 12 and 13 only). Please note, if you are interested in visiting LestweforgetCANADA! you need to register in advance. (See details below).

Rugby Season

Canadian Wheelchair Rugby teamThree different Canadian rugby teams made their way to the UK in the past month to compete against the best from around the world. They took part in the Rugby World Cup, the International Defence Rugby Competition, and the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup. They each did our country proud, with the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby team going all the way and taking home the gold medal in their competition. Congratulations!

Mark Lewis at Canada Gallery

Canada House leafWe invite you to drop by and visit our newest exhibit in the Canada Gallery, Mark Lewis: Five Landscapes. Celebrated for his short films, Mark Lewis represented Canada at the 53rd Venice Biennale and his feature film titled Invention premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015.

The Canada Gallery exhibition features five short films, each one shot in a different city over the past six years.  Each weekday will be devoted to a single film and the entire sequence will be shown on Saturdays. We are delighted to have such an internationally celebrated Canadian’s work here at Canada House. Do enjoy!

Collage - Mark Lewis: Five Landscapes

L-R : Hendon F.C. (2009), Forte! (2010), Beirut (2011), Above and Below the Minhocão (2014), Pavilion (2015).

Canada House Update

After a fully-booked Open House weekend that brought in more than 300 people, the interest in visiting Canada House has not waned, and our autumn tour dates are filling up. If you would like to join our Friday afternoon tours, you can find all the details on tours to the end of November on the tour page.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

The availability of flights between Canada and the UK is on the up. Following WestJet’s new route to Glasgow beginning last spring, the company has now added direct flights from six cities into London, starting in spring 2016. WestJet also made headlines by announcing videos and television programs would be available through a WestJet app for people to watch on their own devices during the flight, rather than on seatback screens. Air Canada earlier announced its new seasonal service on Rouge between Toronto and Glasgow, which is scheduled to start in June 2016.

Consular Corner

With Christmas soon approaching this is a good time to check your passport for any impending travel plans. In the run up to Christmas the passport processing time increases from 20 up to 25 business days and so now is the time to submit your application without delay.

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

Visa Info

Question: My common-law spouse is a British citizen and he applied for immigration to Canada (based on my sponsorship) in November 2014. It has now been almost a year and we were hoping to attend my sister’s wedding in Canada next December. When will his visa be approved? What can we do in the meantime?

Answer: To check the status of your spouse’s application, please check the Client Application Status with your spouse’s Unique Client Identifier (UCI) number or application number. The system will allow you to see what stage your spouse’s application has reached. If your common-law spouse is a British citizen, he can travel to Canada on a temporary basis to attend your sister’s wedding, while his permanent residence application is being processed. For this, he will need to satisfy the port-of-entry officer that he will only be staying in Canada temporarily, and that he meets the requirements of a temporary resident for this particular visit. Please keep in mind that as of 15 March 2016, all British citizens visiting Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) – at present it is possible to enroll on a voluntary basis. More information on how to obtain an eTA.

November Events

Canada House leafUntil 12 December ¦ Mark Lewis: Five Landscapes
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London ¦ Artist Mark Lewis has produced five short films, each shot in a different city. Each weekday will be devoted to a single film, with all five shown on Saturdays.

Until 20 December ¦ Jon Rafman
Zabludowicz Collection, London ¦ Montreal artist Jon Rafman brings his immersive video and sculptural installations to London in his first major solo UK exhibition.

Canada House leaf4 – 25 November ¦ lestweforgetCANADA!
Canada House, London ¦ The lestweforget!CANADA mural and the Veterans Tribute Pole will be on display at Canada House with performances of CONTACT!unload  on November 12 and 13 between 3-5pm. If you are interested in attending the performances and viewing the mural, please register with Phillip Lopresti ( Please note that all visitors to Canada House are required to register in advance and present valid photo identification.

4 – 21 November ¦ Maria Dunn
Various UK venues ¦ Canadian folk veteran Maria Dunn from Edmonton tours Irish and UK folk venues after finishing her sixth album.

4 – 28 November ¦ Paul Beliveau
Plus One Gallery, London ¦ Paul Beliveau came to art through books and they have remained the focus of his paintings.  The title of the works included in his new solo show, “Vanitas” refers to the idea of books being endangered in contemporary culture.

5 November – 17 December ¦ Mae Martin
Various UK locations ¦ Canadian comedian Mae Martin has performed on radio and television in Canada and the UK and tours a number of UK venues.

7 November ¦ Chilly Gonzales & Kaiser Quartett
Royal Festival Hall, London ¦ Known for presenting programmes that create a bridge between the classical and the pop worlds, the Canadian pianist and entertainer Chilly Gonzales returns to London, accompanied by Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett.

7 November ¦ Commonwealth Fair
Kensington Town Hall, London ¦ The annual Commonwealth Fair features a raffle with amazing prizes. Money raised goes to the CCL, to promote education for girls around the Commonwealth.

7 – 22 November ¦ UK Jewish Film Festival
Various UK venues ¦ The festival includes features, documentaries and shorts from more than 25 countries, including award-winning Quebecois feature, Felix and Meira.

Canada House leaf8 and 11 November ¦ Canadian Remembrance Services
PoppiesGreen Park, London and Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey ¦ The public are invited to join the High Commissioner, Canadian Forces personnel and their families as they mark Remembrance Day at the Canada Memorial in Green Park at 13:45 on Sunday, 8 November, or at the Brookwood Military Cemetery at 10:30 on Wednesday, 11 November. Canadian poppies are available at Canada House for a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion.

9 November ¦ Vancouver – the front door to Asia’s growing economies
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts this reception in collaboration with the High Commission, welcoming guest speaker Colin Hansen, President and CEO of Advantage BC.

10 November ¦ Rotman Social Entrepreneurship Experts Series
Monocle, Midori House, London ¦ Rotman School of Management Strategy Expert Roger L Martin and CEO of the Skoll Foundation Sally Osberg discuss the benefits of social entrepreneurship.

12 November ¦ Chris Hadfield
New London Synagogue, London ¦ Astronaut, writer and musician Chris Hadfield talks about his latest book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, a collection of photos taken from space.

12 November ¦ Hearts of Tango
Constitutional Club, London ¦ A celebration for the opening night of the documentary Hearts of Tango, shot in Toronto. It is a film about immigration, multiculturalism, and the passion for Tango.

Until 22 November ¦ Ulla’s Odyssey
King’s Place, London ¦ Opera up close debuts a new opera co-written by Canadian Leanne Brodie about a 14-year old girl’s attempt to sail the world single-handedly.

25 November ¦ Linda
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ¦ British/Canadian actor Kim Cattrall returns to the London stage in Linda, Penelope Skinner’s play about a successful woman fighting to remain visible after middle age.

26 November ¦ John Bell *(PDF version, 171 KB) 
Canada House, London ¦ The Maple Leaf Trust presents a lecture by former Canadian diplomat and current Director of the Middle East Programme at the Toledo International Centre for Peace. He will speak on Jerusalem: City of War or Peace?

Further Ahead

1 December ¦ Democracy, Diversity, Religion
London School of Economics, London ¦ The Quebec annual lecture features McGill professor Charles Taylor, who will examine the complex relationship between democracy, diversity and religion.


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 ¦ The Canadian High Commission is currently hiring a Political Officer in Foreign Policy. For more information, go to the Jobs Page on our website. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

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