Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 01, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of the Colony of British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2008) - British Columbia residents and visitors from across Canada will be able to participate in the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the colony of British Columbia, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced financial assistance for the BC150 Secretariat.

The funding of $6.6 million will be used to support activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the colony of British Columbia that are taking place in the province during 2008.

"I am proud that the Government of Canada is supporting the 150th anniversary of the founding of the colony of British Columbia," said Minister Verner. "The BC150 Secretariat is highlighting the richness and diversity of this part of our country through the celebrations and ensuring that the festivities draw local residents and visitors from across Canada. I invite Canadians throughout the country to participate in the activities planned and to celebrate this historic moment for the province and our entire country."

"I want to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada for contributing to the BC150 celebration and for working with us on many projects that are building strong communities, a strong province, and a strong Canada," said Premier Gordon Campbell. "On British Columbia's 150th anniversary, we celebrate not only our province's rich history but also the partnerships and achievements that have laid the foundation for a bright future - and particularly for the year 2010, when B.C. and Canada will host the world."

"We are delighted that the Government of Canada has recognized British Columbia's historical contributions by providing support for the province's 150th anniversary celebrations," said Bill Bennett, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. "B.C. has played an important role in the growth and development of our nation. Initiatives such as BC150 provide lasting legacies that enable British Columbians and visitors alike to celebrate this great province's history, diversity, achievements, and community pride."

A branch of British Columbia's Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, the BC150 Secretariat is responsible for organizing anniversary celebrations across British Columbia.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding under the Celebration and Commemoration Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program enables Canadians to appreciate Canada's diversity and have access to commemorations of national interest that pay tribute to our country and what defines it. The program also helps awaken pride in our country and a feeling of identification with Canada.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Status of Women, and Minister for La Francophonie
    Kassandra Albert
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations