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Canada Plus – December

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Canada Plus

A Message from the High Commissioner

Photo - Gordon CampbellIt was a whirlwind week at Canada House as we welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his first visit to the United Kingdom since being elected in October.

Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister had an audience with Her Majesty the Queen – he is Her Majesty’s 12th Canadian Prime Minister - before meeting with a host of Canadians and some of our country’s biggest supporters here in the UK during a reception at Canada House.

The Prime Minister brought with him a message of the value of the Canadian model of pluralism and inclusiveness and reminded us all that if we don’t tell Canada’s story, we shouldn’t be surprised if people do not know what we are all about.

The Prime Minister also met Prime Minister David Cameron and both leaders highlighted our shared traditions, values and history as they prepared for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta. After just 30 hours in London, it was off to Malta before then attending the United Nations’ climate change conference in Paris ahead of his government’s first Speech from the Throne on December 4th.

As the holiday season and the Christmas break approach, I hope everyone is able to take some time for themselves and their families to enjoy Great Britain at such a festive time of the year. Let’s all remember how lucky we are to be Canadian and share our good fortune with those around us. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Signature - Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell 


Collage - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his first visit to the United Kingdom


Global Affairs Canada

With our new government comes a new name for our department and three new ministers to lead us through the coming years. Global Affairs Canada will officially replace the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Stéphane Dion becomes Foreign Affairs Minister, while Chrystia Freeland takes on the job as Minister of International Trade and Marie-Claude Bibeau takes on the role of Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. We here at Canada House look forward to working with all of our new members of Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet to promote Canada’s place in the world.

Great Young Canadians

There is a unique opportunity for a young Canadian in the UK to represent our country in a special Royal event. We are seeking candidates to carry Canada’s flag at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 14, 2016. The theme of Commonwealth Day this year is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’. To nominate an outstanding Canadian between the ages of 15 - 25, email and tell us why they should represent Canada.

post boxHoliday Post Reminder

Royal Mail recommends that you post your packages to Canada by December 15 in order to make sure they get there in time for Christmas.

Children Remember Canadian War Dead

The children of Beatrix Potter Primary School in Wandsworth have been honouring Canadian soldiers buried in a graveyard across from their school for 12 years, since they first noticed the graves had not been adorned with poppies on Remembrance Day. The children have researched those Canadians buried there from WWI, including 17 Royal Newfoundland Regiment soldiers and a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse. Staff from the Canadian Forces joined them this year to thank them for their act of remembrance.

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 winter 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 February on the Tour page of our website.

Drawing - Canada House

Business Brief

If you are homesick for some stellar Canadian wines as you raise a glass this holiday season, Tour de Force Wines has now become the official distributor in the UK for Painted Rock, La Stella, Le Vieux Pin, Tantalus and Cave Springs.

Consular Corner

Did you know that you can access a wealth of information on the Service Canada website?  It provides advice on applying for a Canadian pension, replacing a Canadian birth certificate and applying for a Social Insurance Number.  It also provides useful information on life events such as marriage requirements in Canada and what to do following a death.  Visit Service Canada - People serving people for further information.

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

Visa Info

Q: We are a Canadian family living in the UK with a French au-pair. We want to spend two weeks in Canada for Christmas and we will be taking her with us to help with the children. Is this possible? Does our au-pair need a work permit for these two weeks?

A: Work permits can be a complex area of the immigration regulations. In your case, your family normally resides outside Canada and will only be visiting Canada temporarily. Your au-pair would therefore be exempt from requiring a work permit.  This is because both her place of work and her source of remuneration are predominantly outside Canada. If you were to return to Canada for a longer period of time and take your au-pair with you, however, the situation would be different and a work permit, as well as a labour market impact assessment, may be required. As cases vary considerably from one to the other, we suggest that you consult the CIC website for more information. Please also bear in mind that, while holders of the French passport such as your au-pair do not require a temporary resident visa to visit Canada, starting on 15 March 2016, they will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

Did you Know?

In 2013, visitors from the United Kingdom made 600,000 trips to Canada, spending 950 million dollars. They come second after the United States with 11.5 million trips to Canada and 6.7 billion dollars spent! Source: Statistics Canada

November Events

December ¦ The Memory Tree
The Memory Tree is a new volume of poems by Seán Haldane, author of The Devil’s Making, which won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for best Canadian Crime Novel.

4 December ¦ Christmas Lunch
Painter’s Hall, London ¦ The Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Christmas Lunch. This year’s guest speaker is psychologist, author and broadcaster Dr Linda Papadopoulos.

4 December – 16 January ¦ Into The Woods
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester ¦ Quebec actor Alex Gaumond will star as the Baker in a new production of the Tony Award-winning Sondheim musical.

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.

14 December ¦ UCL Annual Quebec Lecture
UCL Institute of the Americas, London ¦ Professor Jocelyn Létourneau of Laval University argues that Quebec society is currently undergoing a Silent Revolution that may be as significant as the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s. A wine reception will follow the lecture. For further details please contact Dr Tony McCulloch at

Until 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.

Canada House leaf18 December – 23 January ¦ Winter: Highlights from the Canada House Collection
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery will feature a selection of pieces of art from the wider Canada House collection celebrating a wintery theme.  Monday-Saturday, 11am-5:45pm. Please note Christmas closures on Dec 25, 26, 28 and Jan 1 and 2.

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.

Further Ahead

12 – 16 January ¦ Verticle: Le Patin Libre
Somerset House, London ¦ The award-winning Canadian skating quintet return to the UK, performing their fresh take on figure skating at the beautiful Somerset House rink.

14 January ¦ Toronto Raptors
The O2, London ¦ The Toronto basketball team takes on the Orlando Magic as part of the NBA Global Games.


For more news of culture and the arts with Canadian connections appearing in the UK check out our Calendar of Events.

Job Opportunities

The Canadian High Commission is currently hiring a Program Assistant. Find out more on our Jobs Page. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular updates on new openings at Canada House.

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