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Canada Day Message from High Commissioner Nadir Patel:
"Canada Day falls on July 1st and is an occasion to celebrate our history and longstanding relationship with friends around the world. Canada’s relationship with India is an important priority for the government and Canadians.

Canada and India enjoy an ever expanding and diverse relationship rooted in shared values of democracy, peaceful pluralism, human rights and the rule of law, and based on expanding economic engagement and people-to-people ties.

Canada greatly benefits from the approximately 1.2 million Canadians who trace their roots back to India. The thriving and dynamic Indo-Canadian community has contributed to our society and its economic, academic and political life. I have had the privilege of travelling across both Canada and India, visiting communities large and small, and meeting with many of these remarkable individuals.

In October 2015, Canada elected a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It was a record setting election for Indo-Canadians with nineteen elected Members of Parliament tracing their roots back to India and four of them now serving in cabinet as Ministers.

Our government has renewed Canada’s commitment to multilateralism and is looking to engage India and the world on important issues such as climate change. Working together we are confident that we can tackle some of the most pressing issues impacting our planet.

Canada’s commercial relationship with India is also growing at a fast pace. Our economies complement one another and our companies are investing more-and-more in this important relationship. It is therefore no coincidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that “Canada and India are made for each other” when he met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit a few months ago.

The bilateral relationship continues to expand in other areas as well. Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Canada in 2015 was the first bilateral visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Canada in 42 years and elevated our relationship to a strategic partnership. Key areas of cooperation include: trade and investment, civil nuclear cooperation, energy, education and skills development, agriculture, defence and security, science and technology, innovation and space, culture, people-to-people ties, and regional and global issues.

Canada is an inclusive and multicultural nation where all of the cultures of the Earth can thrive. This is the spirit that led to the birth of Canada 149 years ago.

The future of Canada’s relationship with India holds many promises. Canada’s new government sees strength in diversity and inclusion and values open engagement on many of the issues that confront the world today.

So, on this special day, and on behalf of all Canadians, I would like to thank you all for your friendship. I am optimistic that Canada’s relationship with India will continue to grow and thrive in the years to come."


Canadian and Indian Defence Ministers foster ties:
Canada's Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, met India's Minister of Defence, Manohar Parrikar, at The International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia-Security Summit held in Singapore from June 3 to 5. During the Summit, Minister Sajjan participated as a panelist in a plenary session entitled “Pursuing Common Security Objectives." He also underscored Canada’s commitment to working with Asia-Pacific partners to help strengthen regional stability and address complex global security issues. During his visit to Berlin and Singapore early-June, Minister Sajjan met with counterparts from various countries to discuss defence and security.


Canada provides $250,000 to assist Bhutanese refugees in Nepal:
Canada’s Deputy Ambassador to Nepal (and Deputy High Commissioner to India), Jess Dutton, announced a contribution of CAD $250,000, by the Government of Canada, to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nepal to improve access to essential services for the Bhutanese refugees. Mr. Dutton made the announcement during his visit to refugee camps in Eastern Nepal on June 13, where he interacted with Bhutanese youth and women groups. The grant will be used to provide various services including shelter, health, water, sanitation, education, protection and legal assistance for some 15,500 Bhutanese refugees in the Beldangi and Sanischare camps. The grant is part of the CAD $32.6 million support to UNHCR announced by the Government of Canada earlier this year to assist and protect refugees in 20 countries. Canada is a part of a group of eight countries helping Bhutanese refugees who have been living in refugee camps in Eastern Nepal since the early 1990s.


Enhancing Canada-India ties in audiovisual coproduction at ‎Cannes:
India's Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore, met with Telefilm Canada CEO, Carolle Brabant, and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Artistic Director, Cameron Bailey, at the ‎Cannes film festival in May. During the meetings, they discussed opportunities to further enhance Canada-India ties in the audiovisual sector and participation in various film festivals in both countries.


Indian journalists tour Canada:
In June, journalists from leading Indian media houses visited Canada on a familiarisation tour and explored various topics ranging multiculturalism and diversity to agriculture:

See pictures here. To find out more, email:


India’s ISRO launches two Canadian satellites:
On June 21, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 20 satellites from five countries, including two satellites from Canada. These include:

The satellites were launched onboard ISRO’s PSLV-C34 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.


Canadian infrastructure companies explore business and collaboration opportunities in India:
From June 13 to 17, a delegation of Canadian infrastructure companies, with services and technologies applicable to the Smart Cities sector, participated in a mission to Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Surat, facilitated by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in India. The companies met with government officials, private sector leaders and business firms involved in developing and furthering India’s smart city agenda. Notably, the delegation visited state-of the art infrastructure development projects such as the Bus Rapid Transit System and sewage treatment plant in Surat. Delegates also networked with the Indian business community and officials at an event co-hosted with the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber in Ahmedabad. To find out more about business opportunities in the sector, email:  


Canada's Carleton University strengthens academic ties with India:
Carleton University's President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, received the "Outstanding Contribution To Education" Award presented by the World Education Congress in Mumbai on June 23. In June, Carleton also signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Indian partners to strengthen academic ties and launched the "Canada-India Knowledge Platform." These include:


Consulate General in Mumbai raises funds for underprivileged children:
Canadian missions in India and around the world work with local partners to raise awareness and support initiatives on rights and opportunities for children including in the areas of education, skills development, health and child, early and forced marriage (‪CEFM). In May, the staff at our Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai raised over Rs. 59,000 through an auction of gift items received by the Consulate General. The proceeds were donated to NGO Mumbai Mobile Creches, to support its work in providing children on construction sites a safe and happy childhood. Read more here.  


Canada joins with other missions in India to mark Pride Month:
On June 1, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, hoisted the Pride Flag at Parliament Hill in Ottawa for the first time in Canada’s history. This month, the High Commission of Canada in India joined in several multilateral initiatives together with diplomatic missions of other countries to commemorate Pride Month including:

  • A joint statement issued together with diplomatic missions of 27 countries reaffirmed each country’s support for human rights, equality and inclusion for everyone regardless of orientation or gender identity;
  • Deputy High Commissioner Jess Dutton shared the Canadian experience in LGBTI in a, free and open-to-all, panel discussion with diplomats from other countries at the American Centre on June 17;
  • The staff at the High Commission also joined to support Canada’s perspectives and values by hoisting the Pride Flag at the High Commission and lighting the gate with the colours of the flag.


Terry Fox Run in Dehradun raises support for cancer research:
About 3,000 participants at the Annual ‪Terry Fox Run in Dehradun raised awareness and funds for ‪‎cancer research. The run was organized by the Indo-Canadian Cancer Research Foundation and the Doon School on April 24.


Canada celebrates Multiculturalism:
Did you know? In 1971, Canada became the world’s first country to make multiculturalism an official government policy. Celebrated on June 27 each year, Canada’s Multiculturalism Day celebrates Canada’s diversity and the cultures and heritage of its communities originating from different parts of the world.


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