"Welcome To Canada" (1989) is a National Film Board of Canada documentary which tells the story of a group of Southeast Asians who illegally landed on Canada's east coast. It premiered on 28 September 1989 at the Avalon Mall Cinemas in St. John's, Newfoundland. The film was shot at Brigus South, Newfoundland. Called an "alternative drama," it featured non-professional actors, improvised dialogue and documentary camera techniques.
The film was inspired by the rescue of Tamil refuges off the coast of St. Mary's Bay, Newfoundland in 1986. It explored how the residents of a small outport dealt with the arrival of refugees fleeing a country from the other side of the world. Despite obvious differences in language and religion, "Welcome To Canada" illustrated the parallels that exist between these two cultural groups. The film starred Kasivisanathan and Kumaraselvy Karthigasoo, recent refugees from Sri Lanka, and the residents of Brigus South, Newfoundland. The Newfoundland music in the film was performed by local musicians Tickle Harbour with Gordon Quinton, John Lacey, Boyd Norman and Charlotte Bradley.