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Canada Plus – December 2016

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A message from the High Commissioner

Janice Charette

Here we are, in the thick of one of the busiest and cheeriest months of the year as we get ready for what I hope will be a well-earned break and some time with family and friends for all of us.

At the High Commission, we have been very busy and have had many visitors. We recently welcomed Canada’s Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, on a visit to the UK to meet with investors and discuss the benefits of doing business in Canada. The Minister also stopped by his alma mater, the London School of Economics, to speak to students about Canada’s path forward in an increasingly complex world.

I too have been hitting the road, meeting students, businesses and a great many friends of Canada in Northern Ireland and Wales, with Scotland also on the agenda in the coming days. It has been a true pleasure to be so warmly welcomed outside of London and all of us at Canada House look forward to seeing more of the UK in the coming months as we work to build ever-closer ties of friendship and understanding.

Meanwhile, I hope those of you in London get a chance to enjoy the carol singing taking place on our doorstep on Trafalgar Square and the wonderful light displays across this incredible city. From what I have seen thus far, I’d say we are in for a festive treat.

Seasons greetings to all. I am very grateful to all for your support during my time here in the UK and I am looking forward to 2017.  When you next hear from me, Canada will be gearing up for a year-long celebration of our 150th - do stay tuned!

 Signature - Janice Charette

Janice Charette


London icon with Canadian connections

If you are in the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral over the festive season, look out for some of the many artefacts with a Canadian connection. They include embroidery on the Altar Frontal which was done by Canadian soldiers in WWII, a bust of Sir John A Macdonald, and a memorial to Lord Thompson of Fleet, the newspaper proprietor, in the Crypt.

CIFAR so good

We were pleased to welcome members of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research to Canada House for two days of workshops and talks. The forum on the well-being of the world’s children attracted experts from all over the world including Uganda, Mexico, Pakistan, Canada and the UK.

Windows of inspiration

If you’re in the neighbourhood, do take a peek at the Canada House display windows on Pall Mall East. Fashion students from Kingston University were asked to look to Canada’s Inuit and First Nations for inspiration as they created sustainable textile designs. Led by artist Dr Noki, the students also worked with Canadian-born designer Todd Lynn to create pieces that reflect the Inuit and First Nation tradition of respect for their prey, using every part of the creatures they hunt.

Business Brief

Canada was headline news last month as The Economist newspaper ran a cover story (Oct 29-Nov 4) examining our country’s place in the world. Under the headline “Liberty Moves North – Canada’s example to the world” the piece covered everything from our nation’s fiscal record to our immigration policy to our open approach to progressive international trade that brings benefits to all.

Consular Corner

Question:  I have both British and Canadian citizenship and have just learned that I will be required to travel to Canada using a Canadian passport due to the new eTA requirement. However, my Canadian passport expired many years ago. I have planned to travel at Christmas. Will I get a passport in time?”

Answer:  The current processing time for passports is 20 business days after receipt of a complete application, so you should apply as soon as possible. In advance of the holiday season, the consular section of the High Commission makes every attempt to facilitate applications for those with urgent travel. Depending on your date of travel, you may need to submit an in-person application for a temporary passport (additional fees apply). If you have immediate travel plans and have been caught unaware by the new passport requirement, you may be eligible for a special authorisation, which is a temporary measure designed to facilitate one-time travel for dual nationals with immediate travel plans on their valid passport from a visa-exempt country such as the UK.

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

Visa Info

Question:  I am a British citizen, married to a Canadian citizen. I obtained Permanent Residence in Canada in the 1990s. We lived in Canada for a few years, but we returned back to the UK and I do not have a permanent resident card. We would like to travel to Canada for the holidays. Do I need an eTA? I am not sure as to where I stand with my Canadian permanent residence status. Can you please help?

Answer:  First and foremost, since you have obtained permanent residence in Canada in the past, you are not currently eligible to apply for an eTA. You need to apply for a determination of your permanent resident status to confirm whether or not you are still a permanent resident of Canada. You usually need to be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days in the past 5 years to maintain your permanent resident status. If you are accompanying a Canadian Citizen spouse outside Canada, however, days spent outside Canada with your spouse count toward meeting the residency obligations. Visit 'Permanent resident travel document' for all the information on how to apply. If you are approved, you will be issued a travel document to allow you to travel to Canada. Note that all applications must be submitted through the Visa Application Centre in London. Alternatively, if you are no longer a permanent resident of Canada following a determination, you need to apply for an eTA as a British citizen.

Did you Know?

There has been much talk about Americans contemplating a move to Canada in the wake of the election results in the United States. American immigration to Canada is not a new phenomenon. Between 1783 and 1784, the territory now collectively known as the Maritime provinces became home to 30,000 American Loyalists. Around 2,000 settled in present-day Québec and a further 7,500 moved to the territory now known as Ontario. Though greatly outnumbered by later immigrants, Loyalists and their descendants exerted a strong and lasting influence on the Canadian culture, including a certain tendency towards a pluralistic and multi-ethnic society. Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia.

December Events

Canada House leafSculpture - hunter with kakivakUntil 30 Dec ¦ Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut
Canada House, London ¦ The Canada Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition that celebrates vibrant contemporary art from Nunavut. Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut brings together 18 artists and collaborators to create an exhibition that reflects the culture, spirit and challenges of this unique region.

9 Dec ¦ Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lunch
Painters’ Hall, London ¦ The annual networking lunch features guest speaker Hon. Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of the TD Bank Group and Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management.

10 Dec ¦ Gerald Finley
Barbican Hall, London ¦ As featured artist at the Barbican, and accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano, Gerald Finley performs a programme that includes Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel, and Shostakovich.

11 Dec ¦ Café Canada
Second Cup, London  ¦ A monthly cafe social with members of the Canadian Expat Meetup Group gathering at the Second Cup in Portobello Rd.

12 Dec ¦ Co-op Dialogues 1966 – 2016: Chris Welsby and Emily Richardson
Tate Britain, London ¦ Chris Welsby and Emily Richardson close the programme celebrating fifty years since the foundation of the London Film-makers’ Co-operative in an evening of films that explore human intervention and the natural world.

15 Dec ¦ Gerald Finley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London ¦ UK premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s True Fire: a new commission specially written for Barbican featured artist Gerald Finley.his unique region

Further Ahead

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

Until 13 Jan ¦ Ten Columns
Megan Piper Gallery, London ¦ An exhibition of recent sculptural work by Montreal-born artist Paul de Monchaux.

12 Jan – 26 Feb ¦ Cirque du Soleil
Royal Albert Hall, London ¦ The legendary Cirque du Soleil returns to London with Amaluna, their latest production about a mysterious island ruled by goddesses.

Canada House leaf13 Jan – 28 Feb ¦ Andrew Salgado: TEN
Canada House Gallery, London ¦ The opening exhibition in 2017 at the Canada Gallery is a survey of Andrew Salgado’s practice from the last ten years.  His bold, large scale figurative paintings have garnered him a reputation as “one to watch” by influential art critics in both the UK and North America. TEN coincides with the launch of his first monograph, also entitled TEN.

Until 21 Jan ¦ Revolt of the Sage
Blain|Southern Gallery, London ¦ Featuring Geoffrey Farmer, Mark Lewis and Erin Shirreff, this group exhibition features artists who use collage, juxtaposition, fragments, framing devices and layered imagery to explore alluring mysteries of the everyday.


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

Job Opportunities

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