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Canadian Heritage

November 21, 2009 09:00 ET

The Olympic Flame Arrives in Prince Edward Island

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2009) - It is now the residents of Prince Edward Island's turn to welcome the much anticipated Olympic Flame and to celebrate this historic moment.

"The passage of the Flame is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the ties that bind our nation together, creating memorable experiences for everyone, by bringing together people in communities, like those in Prince Edward Island, to share in the celebration," said Minister of State Lunn. "The Olympic Torch Relay allows us to celebrate Canada's diverse culture as well as its rich history."

The events and activities organized by each celebration community will highlight Canadian pride in our athletes, culture, and country. Canadians from coast to coast to coast have the unique opportunity to take part in an unforgettable Olympic experience and to celebrate the talent and dedication of our Canadian athletes as they own the podium in 2010.

Our Government is investing $22.5 million to help communities throughout our country join in the excitement and thrill of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada. The funding will be used to highlight local talent and artists, provide interactive activities to engage young people and individuals, and showcase each community's local identity. Each celebration community is different and will offer unique opportunities for all Canadians to welcome the Olympic Flame.

For more information on the Government's support for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay or the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, consult the attached backgrounder or visit www.Canada2010.gc.ca.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY AND THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

The Government of Canada, a major financial partner of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, is committed to ensuring that the Games are a success and are managed prudently. It is also striving to maximize the investment of Canadians in the Games and in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Through its contribution and involvement in the Olympic Torch Relay, the Government of Canada is giving all Canadians, across the country, the opportunity to experience the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games by making them "Canada's Games." After making its way across the ocean from Greece to Victoria, British Columbia, the Flame-carried by 12 000 torchbearers-will travel 45 000 kilometres from coast to coast to coast.

The Olympic Torch Relay will last 106 days and bring together the entire country as Canada prepares to welcome the 2010 Winter Games.

Did you know...?

- The Government of Canada has invested $22.5 million to ensure that more Canadians can take part in the Olympic Torch Relay, all across the country, in order to celebrate the arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

- The communities of Charlottetown and Summerside received grants from the Government of Canada to enhance their cultural programming so that Canadians in these two regions could take part in an unforgettable ceremony and celebrate Canada's cultural diversity and rich history.

- The Government of Canada made a financial contribution to setting up the project for the official celebration communities' song. The song, written by world-renowned Canadian artist Gregory Charles, will be performed by local choirs in order to showcase local artists. This activity is a unique opportunity to rally Canadians across the country around a unique theme and to generate a sense of national pride.

- The Government of Canada will give the municipalities of Charlottetown and Summerside a commemorative plaque to mark the passage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch in these communities. The Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay route in Olympic history, a legacy that will immortalize this moment in history for Canadians and citizens of the world for generations to come.

Government of Canada contributions to celebration communities in Prince Edward Island:



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Date of Activity Name of community and location Contribution amount
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November 21, 2009 Charlottetown $30,000
November 22, 2009 Summerside $15,000
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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca