Welcome to Canada

Welcome to Canada expands our core film festival programme to include ESL classes and other events for new Canadians. The REEL CANADA programme has always been inclusive and reflective of the broad multicultural fabric that makes up our nation. Our films are made by Canadians of all cultures and backgrounds and for many students these films represent the first time they are seeing their own experiences on screen. For New Canadians in particular, this provides a powerful validation of their own identity as Canadians, and a welcoming introduction to their new culture.

Building a sense of shared Canadian identity can help to establish a feeling of belonging in a potentially alienating new environment. With this in mind, REEL CANADA has developed a programme tailored to the needs of English language learners, which includes resources and lesson plans for ESL teachers and support for curriculum planning.

Since its inception in 2010, the Welcome to Canada programme has reached almost 13,000 new Canadians through 17 events.

If you are a teacher and would like to integrate Canadian film into your classroom please browse our catalogue for a list of ESL appropriate films. Or take a look at our ESL-specific resources and of course contact us [email protected] if you’d like to host a screening or event.

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