Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 13, 2015 14:00 ET

Oil Springs Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

Government of Canada provides support for two commemorative projects

OIL SPRINGS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 13, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Village of Oil Springs is receiving a total of $29,800 in funding for two projects under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program.

Pat Davidson, Member of Parliament (Sarnia-Lambton), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding of $12,500 is being provided through the BCAH program's Legacy Fund component to help transform an existing park into a historical community garden. In addition to this, $17,300 is being provided through the BCAH program's Community Anniversaries component for 150th Birthday Celebration activities.

Quick Facts

  • The Village of Oil Springs was incorporated in 1865.
  • The historical community garden will include a stone monument with a bronze plaque outlining the municipality's history, an etched portrait of the first mayor and two curved benches.
  • The Birthday Celebration activities will be held throughout the year and will include musical performances and historical re-enactments.
  • The BCAH program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in commemorative projects that help our communities mark significant events in their history. These anniversaries bring Canadians together, strengthen our communities and allow us to take pride in our shared past."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"This is an important milestone for the Village of Oil Springs. With this investment, residents will have an opportunity to come together and celebrate it, as well as have a lasting reminder of their past. I am very pleased that the Government of Canada was able to contribute to this important historical anniversary, and I wish Oil Springs and its residents the best on this significant occasion."

-Pat Davidson, Member of Parliament (Sarnia-Lambton)

"On behalf of the Mayor and Council of the Village of Oil Springs, I would like to thank Canadian Heritage for their support and recognition of the Village of Oil Springs turning 150 years old since incorporation in 1865. With this grant money, the Village of Oil Springs Council will give back to the community to help celebrate this amazing milestone by putting on family-orientated events, as well as by creating the legacy project at the municipal park that will pay tribute to the 150 years of mayors/reeves who kept this municipality moving forward to where we are today. We look forward to working with the federal government in the future."

-Larry Wagner, Councillor, Village of Oil Springs

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Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Village of Oil Springs

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
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