In Canada, the British Council offers IELTS, Aptis and a set of other Exams.

Our history of partnerships and collaboration in Canada to create positive change in areas such as Arts and Culture, English Language and Education made us proud.

Read all about our work legacy in Canada and find out about new opportunities on our global website at the bottom of the page.

The Legacy of the British Council in Canada

Two musicians playing guitar by a lake in Canada - Cultural Program 2017
Sarathy Korwar and David Morin at Medicine Lake, Sound Journeys. Photo by Sophia Burke, 2017. ©

Sophia Burke

Photography exhibition at the Borderless Citizen Project
Photography exhibition at the Borderless Citizen Project, which featured work by Reuters staff photographers.  ©

Photo by Bukky Babalola

Erin Ball getting up on a wheelchair
Erin Ball performing in Crip Shorts at Cripping the Arts. Toronto, Canada, 2019. ©

Michelle Peek Photography courtesy of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology & Access to Life, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice at the University of Guelph.

Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) in London partnered with Virtu'o Danse in Montreal on a choreographic exchange on the African roots of contemporary and afro-contemporary dance expression, as part and supported by the QC-UK Cultural Cooperation Fund.

Training and Capacity Building

AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative

AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative started in 2018 and hosted over 80 women-identifying artists and professionals representing 8 different nationalities in Arts and Culture related activities.

Designed to foster connections, networking, and career opportunities, and create solidarity between participants, the program offered capacity building sessions that addressed digital skills that highlight artistic practice and social issues and provided showcasing opportunities.

Relaxed Performance Programme

In October 2015, in collaboration with the Harbourfront Centre, British Council invited Include Arts (UK) to Toronto to offer a Relaxed Performance pilot training session to 30 arts professionals. Following this pilot session, British Council in partnership with Include Arts and Tangled Art + Disability designed a Relaxed Performance Training Programme for five facilitators (Access Activators) based in Ontario. This extensive Train the Trainer programme took place between Toronto, and London (UK) and included a stop at the Unlimited Festival. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, Relaxed Performance trainings were delivered by the Access Activators to 25 arts and cultural venues across eight Canadian cities between 2016 and 2018.

In February of 2020, a new cohort of 20 Access Activators from across Canada attended a four-day training in Toronto to support their facilitation of Relaxed Performance training and consultations.

Sync Canada

 Taking place between 2020 and 2021, Sync Canada was a leadership programme for Deaf and disabled Canadian arts and culture professionals.

Artistic Residencies

Québec-UK Connections

From 2015 to 2018, the QC-UK Connections scheme promoted international exchange projects involving artists, directors, authors, and other cultural workers.

Sound Journeys

A group of musicians and visual artists came together in 2017 to explore Canada's contemporary cultural landscape in Sound Journeys. In three distinct journeys, they covered the breadth of the country, from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia to the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast.

London-based percussionist and composer Sarathy Korwar was joined by a neo-soul singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist of Métis Native American descent, David Morin.

By taking inspiration from the lakes and mountains surrounding them, David and Sarathy jumped at opportunities for impromptu performances to discover new, collaborative sounds.

 Sophia Burke, a Vancouver-born and Toronto-based visual artist, captured their experiences as they travelled from her birthplace to her current home city.

Policy Dialogue and Conferences

Borderless Citizen Project: Intersecting Dialogues on Art, Leadership and Global Migration

The Borderless Citizen Project was a three-day conference in 2019 involving dance workshops and photography exhibitions as well as engaging dialogues and keynote addresses from influential and international leaders centred on human migration, art, leadership, and the facets of climate change.

The Borderless Citizen Project was an initiative of the British Council in Canada and Harbourfront Centre, in association with the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy that explored global migration through the lens of culture, leadership and public policy.

Exhibitions and Symposiums

Cripping the Stage - A Disability Arts Cabaret

In 2016, the Cripping the Stage program put disabled performers centre stage by exploring disability arts, access, aesthetics, and justice.

In this three-day event, the goal was to advance Deaf and Disability Arts in Canada and enliven the vibrancy of Canadian culture. 

Cripping the Stage featured the participation of Liz Carr, Elizabeth Morris, Jes Sachse, Masti Khor and Lyns Sainte-Marie.

The British Council in the World

Visit British Council’s global website to learn about our Arts, Education and English Language projects, events, and opportunities around the world. 

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