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Applications Open for Funding to Mark 150th Anniversary of Confederation

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Applications Open for Funding to Mark 150th Anniversary of Confederation

Province Investing in Programs and Infrastructure to Support Ontario’s Diverse Culture

Ontario is encouraging municipalities, community organizations and Indigenous groups across the province to review and apply for funding programs to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

As one of the founding members of Confederation, Ontario will celebrate this milestone with events and opportunities that showcase Ontario's diversity and create a strong and lasting economic, social and cultural legacy.

The Ontario150 community grant programs include:

  • A Community Capital Program that will provide $25 million to help municipalities and non-profit organizations renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure to increase accessibility, improve safety and maximize community use (applications will be accepted until September 14, 2016).
  • A Partnership Program that will provide $5 million to support new partnerships and collaborations that engage enable and empower youth as the next generation of Ontario leaders (applications will be accepted until September 30, 2016).
  • A Community Celebration Program that will provide $7 million to help connect Ontarians to their communities and with opportunities to explore their heritage, allowing Ontarians the opportunity to celebrate this historic year in a way that is appropriate and meaningful for them (applications will be accepted until September 2, 2016).

Investing in programs and infrastructure for Ontario's 150th anniversary is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia are the original provinces of Canada, formed when British North American colonies federated on July 1, 1867.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will administer the Community Capital Fund. OTF is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations, and has invested almost $1.5 billion since 2003 in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities.

Background Information

Additional Resources

  • Visit the Ontario150 webpage to learn more about the grant programs, including who is eligible and how to apply.


“With our province’s 150th anniversary quickly approaching, I look forward to recognizing this important milestone with a plan that will engage youth, encourage cultural expression, promote participation in sport and recreation and create jobs and economic opportunities in every corner of the province. Our Ontario 150 program will leave a lasting legacy for our communities and I look forward to working with local leaders, our federal partners and indeed all Ontarians in celebration of this milestone anniversary.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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