The Centre aims to promote a better understanding of Canadian society and culture within both the University community and the Midlands region. Activities include research colloquia and academic conferences, public lectures and a Visiting Speakers Series.
To support this work, as well as academic research within the University of Birmingham, a dedicated lectureship in Canadian Studies and partial post in Canadian history, the Centre receives some funding from the Canadian federal government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK. In recent years, the Visiting Speakers Series has been sponsored by George Weston Ltd. Speakers have included award-winning Canadian writers Carol Shields, Aritha Van Herk, and Bernice Morgan, internationally acclaimed storytellers Louise Profeit LeBlanc and Ida Calmegane, and Canadian academics from a wide variety of fields such as history, political science, geography, film studies and literature.
Links with community groups, local schools and arts organisations with existing or potential interests in Canadian culture and/or connections with their Canadian counterparts are especially encouraged and invited by the Director.