Connect Canada August 2016

  • Message by High Commissioner Nadir Patel on India’s 70th Independence Day

    On behalf of Canada, I’d like to extend warm greetings to all Indians on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day. Congratulations on celebrating 70 years of democratic governance, on achieving steady and ongoing economic growth and development, and on preserving the rich traditions of thousands of years of civilisation and cultural heritage. As Canada’s representative in India, 

    I am pleased to celebrate this auspicious occasion with you. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is a powerful and ambitious approach to making Canada, and the world, a better and safer place. We share this commitment with India which makes us natural partners in several areas. Read the full message here.

  • ICBC’s networking event in Bengaluru celebrates business ties with Canada and Canada Day

    Over 100 representatives from leading business firms, joined by friends and families, celebrated Canada Day and Canada-India business ties in the ‘Canadian Stampede’, a unique, western-themed networking event, organized by the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC) and the Consulate General of Canada, at the Embassy International Riding School, in Bengaluru on July 17. Amidst various fun activities, guests also had the opportunity to network, reflect on Canada-India ties and interact with Canada's Acting Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner, Stanley Gomes. See pictures here.

  • Boosting Canada-India academic ties and research linkages

    India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute signed an addendum to their existing Memorandum Of Understanding to further boost Canada-India academic ties and research linkages. Acting High Commissioner for Canada to India, Jess Dutton, attended the signing in New Delhi on Friday, July 15, and highlighted ties between the two countries.  

  • Celebrate India’s Independence Day with Canada-India fusion recipe

    Celebrate this ‎Independence Day with “Masala Chai Ice Cream with Maple Glazed Pound Cake”, a dessert from our Canada-India fusion cookbook #AppetiteforFusion produced last year featuring recipes contributed by Canadian and Indian chefs! 

  • 2017 Olympics in Rio: August 5-25

    Athletes from Canada, India, Nepal and Bhutan are participating in the2017 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For updates, follow @CanadainIndia on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Canadian water and waste-water delegation to India: August 22-25

    A Canadian delegation will visit India to explore opportunities for business, partnerships and R&D collaborations. Notably, the delegation will participate in the EverythingAboutWater Expo in New Delhi, from August 22 to 24. Members of the delegation and trade officers will showcase Canadian expertise and meet with Indian participants at the Canada pavilion at Hall No. 18, Booth No. D-18, Pragati Maidan. For details please email:

  • Montreal World Film Festival: August 25 - September 5

    Every year, films from more than 80 countries are showcased at the Montreal World Film Festival. Various events and competitions at the festival seek to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, foster international cinema, discover and encourage new talent, and provide a networking forum for cinema professionals from around the world.

  • Catch animated films from Canada at BDL Museum, Mumbai: August 28

    Join us for the 13th edition of Canadian films for kids at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum from 4pm to 5pm.This month’s screenings will feature seven short family-friendly films from Canada’s National Film Board about children and their freedom, rights and values. The film screenings are free and open to all. General museum entry tickets will apply (adult Rs. 10 and children Rs. 5). Register at:

  • Explore Canadian expertise in agriculture and agri-food at Agritech, in Bengaluru: August 26-28

    Visit the Canada pavilion at K6A, Hall number 2, at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, to meet Canadian companies and trade officers participating at the 8th edition of Agritech India. The delegates will showcase Canadian expertise in a range of agricultural and agri-food products and technologies including pulses and cereals, swine genetics, food security and soil rejuvenation. For details please email: 

  • Undertake research internships in Canada

    Postdoctoral, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply for research internships in Canada in the fields of engineering, health, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities under three programs:

    • Mitacs Globalink Research Internship for undergraduate students offering a funded 12-week internship. Application deadline: September 20;
    • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program for postdoctoral scholars offering a fellowship of CAD $70,000 (approximately Rs. 36 Lakhs) per year for two years. Application deadline: September 21;
    • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for doctoral students offering a fellowship of CAD $50,000 (approximately Rs. 26 Lakhs) per year for two years. Application deadline:November 2

  • Canada supports campaign to end child, early and forced marriage in Rajasthan

    Acting High Commissioner for Canada to India, Jess Dutton, participated in the launch of a campaign to end child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in Rajasthan on July 18, organised by the Government of RajasthanUnited Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Canada has granted $3.25 million to UNFPA’s activities in India focused on ending CEFM, which is part of a $20 million grant to UNFPA for its efforts to end CEFM in several countries. See pictures here.

  • Celebrating Canada-Nepal ties and Canada Day in Kathmandu

    Nepal's Minister of Commerce, Jayanta Chand, highlighted Canada-Nepal trade ties at a networking event in Kathmandu, on July 1. Organized by the Nepal-Canada Friendship and Cultural Association (NCFCA), the event brought together association members, go vernment officials, and friends of Canada to network and celebrate Canada Day and ties between the two countries. Notably, former Nepalese Ambassador to Canada, Dr. Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, spoke about the bilateral relationship and NCFCA President Hiranya Lal Shrestha discussed Canada's relief efforts following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and the continuing support for rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in Nepal. President of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Ang Tshering Sherpa, highlighted Canada's role in the development and promotion of mountaineering in Nepal. See pictures here.

  • Indian delegation to Canada explores opportunities in hydropower sector

    A delegation of Indian public and p rivate sector companies explored opportunities for business and collaboration in the Sustainable Hydropower sector during a visit to Canada, fromJune 6 to 13. Facilitated by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in India, the delegation visited Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto and met with government officials, Canadian companies and industry experts. Notably, the delegation had a bilateral discussion with Natural Resources Canada, held a roundtable with 16 Canadian companies, attended the Canadian Hydropower Association’s annual forum on hydropower and visited hydroelectric power generation stations. To find out more about business opportunities in the sector, email: 

  • India Mela in Victoria: August 12-14

    Don’t miss a three-day celebration of Indian folk dances, music, food, arts and handicrafts, fashion shows and more at the India Mela organized by the India Canada Cultural Association at Victoria City Hall Centennial Square in Victoria, British Columbia

  • 11-week exchange program for Indian visual artists in Montreal – Call for projects: Application Deadline: August 24

    Indian visual artists are invited to submit their projects for an opportunity to undertake an 11-week exchange program in Montreal and gain further experience in the field. The successful applicant will receive a funded-trip to Montreal with a studio apartment and a stipend of CAD $300 per week (approximately Rs. 15,000). The program will provide exposure to the visual artist through open studio activities, discussions, mentoring, studio visits with art professionals, networking events and excursions. The artist will also receive a production grant of up to CAD $500 (approximately Rs. 25,000). The program is offered by Canada’s Darling Foundry visual arts studio, the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec (Quebec’s Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie), Invera Inc. and the Chadha Family Foundation (of Canada) along with Indian partners – What About Art?, the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, and Tata SteelSee details and apply here.

  • Call for RFPs for Canada-India Collaborative Industrial R&D Application Deadline: August 31

    Canada and India aim to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) and innovation projects with high potential for commercialization. The request for proposals (RFPs) is open to companies from Canada and India. Funding is available for eligible Canadian firms for up to CAD $600,000 and for Indian firms for up to INR Rs.150 lakhs. This bilateral program is managed in Canada by Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, and in India by the Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA). Indian project leads may also review the GITA website for details. Applicants can also consult GITA’s onlinematchmaking process to find a suitable project partner.