Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 23, 2008 14:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 150th Anniversary of First Commercial Oil Well in North America

OIL SPRINGS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Pat Davidson, Member of Parliament (Sarnia-Lambton), today announced funding for the activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first commercial oil well in North America.

Funding of $42,800 will be used by the 2008 Celebrate Committee to support activities commemorating the history of oil production, including a musical production, an 1850s-era fashion show, and a walk through the oil fields.

"The Government of Canada is proud to announce funding under the new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program for the 2008 Celebrate Committee to organize this anniversary celebration," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"It is important that future generations be aware of their origins and of Canada's rich and diverse heritage," said Ms. Davidson. "The local community has worked together to make this 150th anniversary celebration possible, and I am proud to be part of a federal government that joins in that recognition and celebration."

"The Oil Museum is a national historical site and is of significant importance to the history of Canada. It was here in 1858 that the modern oil industry was born. The industries that followed contributed not only to the growth of Lambton County and Sarnia, but also had an enormous impact on the world," said Gordon Perry, Mayor of Oil Springs. "The funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage will help the Oil Museum and Oil Springs reawaken the public to the importance of our oil history and culture."

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations