$37 million to mark 150th anniversary of Confederation

Events will showcase Ontario’s cultural diversity

indigenous communities

TsuuT’ina children at a parade.Pic: Oyd

Provincial  municipalities, community organizations and Indigenous groups to review and apply for funding programs to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

As one of the founding members of Confederation, Ontario will celebrate this milestone with events and opportunities that showcase Ontario’s diversity and create a strong and lasting economic, social and cultural legacy.

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, said: “With our province’s 150th anniversary quickly approaching, I look forward to recognizing this important milestone with a plan that will engage youth, encourage cultural expression, promote participation in sport and recreation and create jobs and economic opportunities in every corner of the province. Our Ontario 150 program will leave a lasting legacy for our communities and I look forward to working with local leaders, our federal partners and indeed all Ontarians in celebration of this milestone anniversary.”

Visit the Ontario150 webpage to learn more about the grant programs, including who is eligible and how to apply.

The Ontario150 community grant programs include:

  • A Community Capital Program that will provide $25 million to help municipalities and non-profit organizations renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase accessibility, improve safety and maximize community use (applications will be accepted until September 14, 2016).
  • A Partnership Program that will provide $5 million to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders (applications will be accepted until September 30, 2016).
  • A Community Celebration Program that will provide $7 million to help connect Ontarians to their communities and with opportunities to explore their heritage, allowing Ontarians the opportunity to celebrate this historic year in a way that is appropriate and meaningful for them (applications will be accepted until September 2, 2016).

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia are the original provinces of Canada, formed when British North American colonies federated on July 1, 1867. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will administer the Community Capital Fund. OTF is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations, and has invested almost $1.5 billion since 2003 in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities. – CINEWS

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