Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 17, 2009 14:44 ET

Government of Canada Helps Groups in Northern and Eastern Ontario Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today federal government support for three projects in Northern and Eastern Ontario honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #70 received funding for the Iroquois Falls Veterans' Memorial Park dedication ceremony. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #458 received funding for a D-Day commemorative event in Tamworth. The League of Merchant Mariner Veterans of Canada Inc. received funding for the annual Merchant Navy Day celebration in Kingston.

"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."

"I applaud Veterans' organizations in Northern and Eastern Ontario committed to promoting the legacy of our Canadian Veterans in the course of various activities and ceremonies held throughout the year," said Minister Baird. "As a result of their dedication, present and future generations will always remember the sacrifices and achievements of our nation's true heroes: our Veterans."

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 Northern and Eastern Ontario. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-5122 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