Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 17, 2009 14:18 ET

Government of Canada Helps Groups in the Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario to Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced today federal government support for five projects in the Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Algonquin Regiment Veterans'Association received funding for the annual flag-raising ceremony honouring the Algonquin Regiment weekend in Parry Sound. The Georgetown Candlelight Tributes Committee received funding for three events including candlelight tributes as well as a silent walk. The Guelph Museums received funding for "Canada at War - The Guelph-Wellington Experience." The Canadian Military Collectors Association received funding for the military show in Orangeville. The Russian-Canadian Theatrical Community Centre received funding for a concert in Toronto. Oakville Galleries received funding for "Oakvillians Remember World War One."

"Our Veterans unite all Canadians as a source of pride. They help us remember why we are blessed to be Canadian and the values that Canada stands for: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law," said Minister Thompson. "This is why our Government continues to support communities and organizations as they honour their local military heroes."

"The Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario community groups have organized diverse ceremonies, exhibits and musical events to honour the outstanding accomplishments of our Veterans," said Minister Flaherty. "By paying tribute to Canada's finest heroes, we ensure that their legacy will be passed on for generations to come."

The Government of Canada is providing $733,070 in funding to 50 community-led remembrance projects across the country through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the projects in the Greater Toronto Area and Central Ontario. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    A/Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649