The Centre aims to promote a better understanding of Canadian society and culture within both the University community and the Midlands region.
Notable recent scholarship includes Steve Hewitt’s Just Watch Us: RCMP Surveillance of the Women's Liberation Movement in Cold War Canada, and Danielle Fuller’s award-winning Writing the Everyday: Women's Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada. Recent high-profile Canadian visitors to the Centre have included Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, and activist Pam Palmater, Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the writers Ann Eriksson and Gary Geddes. The University of Birmingham has a number of student exchange programs with prestigious Canadian universities including McGill University (Montreal), the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University (Halifax). Each year a number of study year abroad places are made available to ACS students at a selection of these institutions.
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 Directors.