Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 13, 2016 09:45 ET

The 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017: Communities at the Heart of the Celebrations!

There will be activities for all Canadians

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 13, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today unveiled numerous projects and activities funded through the Canada 150 Fund.

The Fund was established by the Government of Canada to allow Canadians across the country to participate in local, regional and national celebrations and activities for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The celebrations and activities will help strengthen Canadians' sense of pride and belonging to their country. There will be activities for everyone in 2017, whether as part of pan-Canadian Signature projects or local community projects.

Minister Joly also invited Canadians to take part in memorable activities being planned in 19 urban centres on December 31, 2016, to kick off 150th-anniversary celebrations. Join the celebrations in St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton, Toronto, Québec City, Montréal, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit, as well as in Canada's Capital Region.

The vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation is intended to inspire Canadians and bring them together by highlighting the themes of diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, young people, and the environment.


"Thanks to these projects, all Canadians will be able to take part in Canada-wide, regional and local festivities. These projects will highlight the richness of our history and our environment, and several others will be added to them in the coming weeks. The year 2017 promises to be unforgettable. Don't miss it!"

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick Facts

  • The Canada 150 Fund was created in April 2015 and has a total budget of $210 million.
  • The main themes of the Government of Canada's vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment, and young people.
  • Thanks to the Canada 150 Fund, 38 pan-Canadian Signature projects will involve Canadians from coast to coast through exciting activities.
  • To date, 79 community projects have received funding from the Canada 150 Fund.
  • Several other community projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Pan-Canadian Signature projects

Throughout 2017, several major Signature projects will mobilize Canadians across the country through activities that will highlight their cultural, linguistic and ethnic heritage.

This is a list of projects that have received Government of Canada funding through the Canada 150 Fund.

Organization's name Project's name
4-H Canada 4-H in Canada - Engaging Youth and Connecting Communities
4Rs Youth Movement Possible Canadas
Apathy is Boring 150 Years Young
Canada Games Council Unity Through Sport: The Canada Games Activity Challenge and 50th Anniversary Relay Race
Canada's National Ballet School Sharing Dance Canada 2017
Canadian Wildlife Federation Bioblitz Canada 150
Concordia University Lost Stories
ELPIO Production Canada 150 Red Couch Tour
Experiences Canada Canada 150 and Me
Fathers of Confederation Building Trust Dreamcatcher
Framework Foundation Timeraiser150
WE WE Are Canada
Historica Canada Here's my Canada
Indspire Indspire Youth Laureates Cross-Canada Tour
Les Productions Rivard and Zone 3 Producteurs La Grande Traversée
(In French only)
Music Yukon Pan-Territorial Celebration
NYO Canada Edges of Canada
Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum Voices from Nunavut
ParticipACTION ParticipACTION 150 Play List
Partners in Art LandMarks2017
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Innovation 150
Reconciliation Canada - A New Way Forward Society Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy
REEL Canada National Canadian Film Day 150
Rendez-vous naval de Québec RDV2017
Ricardo Media WE ARE THE BEST by Ricardo
Students on Ice Foundation Canada C3 - Coast to Coast to Coast
TakingITGlobal Explore150
The Confluence Heritage Society Canada 150 Voyageurs RendezVous
The Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation Travelling Through history
(In French only)
The Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All
The Walrus Foundation The Walrus Talks Conversations About Canada: We Desire a Better Country
Toronto International Film Festival Inc. Canada on Screen
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Canada Mosaic
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre Clean Canada's Waterways
Vox Pop Labs Project Tessera
Winnipeg Art Gallery ART EXPRESS'D
YMCA Canada The YMCA LocalMotion Challenge

Community-driven projects

The Government of Canada will continue to invest in major regional and local projects in order to make 2017 a year to remember for all Canadians.

This is a list of community projects that have received Government of Canada funding through the Canada 150 Fund so far. More community projects will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Organization Name Project Name
Banff Centre ILLUMINATION 150 Festival
Centre communautaire d'Edmonton Des Courses du Flying Canoë Volant Races
City of Fort Saskatchewan Legacy Park Bronze Statue - Acres of Dreams
CKUA Radio Foundation A History of Radio in Alberta and Canada
Sustainable Red Deer Society Canada 150 Edible Forest Garden
The Works International Visual Arts Society Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project - Canada 150
British Columbia
Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Tri-Conic Challenge
Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest Théâtre bilingue de marionnettes de pionniers francophones de la C.-B.
(In French only)
Centre for Indo Canadian Studies (University Of Fraser Valley) (Dis) Enfranchisement: 1907-1947 The Forty-Year Struggle
City of Fort St. John Canada 150 Mural Mosaic
Corporation of the City of White Rock The Journey: Celebrating 150 Years
District of Port Hardy Local First Nations History Murals
Inclusion BC Foundation Society BC Disability Pride Celebration and Parade
Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George Construction d'un canot d'écorce dans le cadre du 150e du Canada
(In French only)
Pacific Salmon Foundation UNINTERRUPTED
Peace-Liard Regional Arts Council Alaska Highway Punk Art Project
SCBC Stewardship Centre for BC Society Celebrating Stewardship, Creating Stewardship Legacies
The Corporation of the City of Duncan Carving a Connection in Cowichan - A Commemorative Totem for Canada's 150th
Vancouver Native Housing Society The Kanata Project
City of Selkirk Canada 150 Mosaic
City of Steinbach Canada 150 Mosaic
Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum Historical Mural of the Cranberry "Portage"
Winnipeg Arts Council Winnipeg Major Contemporary Aboriginal Public Artwork
New Brunswick
The Aberdeen Cultural Centre Nouvelle mythologie pour un nouveau Canada (In French only)
Fundy Biosphere Reserve Canada 150: The Amazing Places Challenge
Grand Manan Museum Engaging Youth in Celebrating Canada 150
Mount Allison University-Owens Art Gallery The Colville Project
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Oh Canada! A Young 150!
St.John River Society Eau Canada - Celebrating 150 Years of Canadian River Heritage
Newfoundland and Labrador
Gros Morne Co-Operating Association Art and Nature Celebration in Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Labrador
Gros Morne Summer Music Inc. Origination
Town of Torbay Torbay Canada 150 Celebration
0Nova Scotia
Coastarts Association A Congress of Women - A musical drama that recounts the women's suffrage movement in Canada between 1916 and 1919
Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas Monument de l'odyssée acadienne Par-en-Bas (In French only)
ULNOOWEG Grand Pre 2017 - A Peace and Unity Gathering of the Mi'kmaq and Acadian Nations
Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association Nunavummiut Celebrates Canada's 150th Anniversary
Northwest Territories
Dechinta Initiatives Rivers of Reconciliation,
St.Joseph Media Passport 2017: Discover Your Canada
4elements Living Arts Kagawong Art and Heritage Trail
Arts Ottawa East Neighbourhood Arts 150 - Celebrating Ottawa's Communities
Celebrations Ottawa Inc. Ottawa 2017
City of Toronto Toronto/Canada: 150 Years/150 Stories
City of Toronto (Waterfront Secretariat) Celebrate Canada 150 at Project: Under Gardiner
Community Foundations of Canada Community Fund for Canada's 150th
Corporation of Haldimand County (Haldimand County Museums) Haldimand 150th - Haldimand County Connections
City of Burlington Canada 150 Celebrations in the City of Burlington
City of Mississauga Brilliance Together
Corporation of the Town of Carleton Place Roy Brown Park Signage
Fédération nationale des Conseils scolaires francophones Life as a bilingual!
Hot Docs Canada 150 Collection
Love This River "Ties that Bind" Canada's Lake Superior Railway Route - Last Spike Interactive
Muskoka Chautauqua (Muskoka Lakes Music Festival) Sing Canada Together, Where Pines and Maples Grow
Parkdale Canada 150 Song Project The Parkdale Canada 150 Song Project
Petawawa Heritage Society Discovering the Dominion of Canada - 1867 through re-enactment and trade skills
STEPS Initiative Our Stories: A Celebration of New Canadians
The Art of Time Ensemble Northern Songs: A Festival of Canadian Music
The Great Canadian Flag Project The Great Canadian Flag Project
Tree Canada Tree to our Nature a Canada 150 Legacy Program
University of Ottawa - Faculty of Arts Re Storying Canada: Reconsidering Religion and Public Memory in 2017
White Pine Pictures Inc. Ken Dryden's We Are Canada - Future Shapers
Prince Edward Island
Atlantic Presenters Association APA Canada 150 Performance Series
Prince Edward Island Symphony Society PEI Symphony Orchestra Canada 150 Celebratory Cantata
Association des bénévoles du CHSLD Vigi Brossard Nous sommes fiers d'être Canadiens (In French only)
Centre des Arts Contemporains du Québec à Montréal Coast to Coast
Conseil de la Nation Huronne-Wendat Projet d'aménagement artistique Onywahtehretsih (In French only)
Conseil des Abénakis de Wôlinak Place d'accueil et lieu de mémoire de la mission de Bécancour/Wôlinak
Corporation Philippe Aubert de Gaspé Philippe Aubert de Gaspé et ses contemporains
Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal MOSAICANADA 150/2017
Musée du Bronze d'Inverness Exposition de bronzes : contes et légendes des provinces et territoires (In French only)
Société d'art et d'histoire de Beauport L'esprit du Lieu: Origines et Métamorphoses (In French only)
Association des parents fransaskois Le Canada, c'est moi!
(In French only)
Mackenzie Art Gallery Canadian Indigenous Monument
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan #Home: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
Prairie Spirit Connections Spirit Walk - Commemorative and cultural interpretation project
Sum Theatre Theatre in the Pool: The Story of Water
The Board of Education of The Prairie Spirit School Division Delisle School - Mural Mosaic - Canada 150
Whitecap Dakota First Nation Learning Reconciliation: A Joint WDFN-SPS Canada 150 Education Project
Open Pit Performance League Words of the Yukon
Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association Traditional Watercraft of Canada's North

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