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Ontario's 150th Anniversary Celebrations Coming to Niagara

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Ontario's 150th Anniversary Celebrations Coming to Niagara

Province Supporting Local Initiatives to Mark the Significant Milestone, Boost Tourism

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

In celebration of Ontario's 150th anniversary, the province is supporting 14 exciting local initiatives in Niagara that will bring people together to commemorate the qualities and values that define Ontario and revel in this historic milestone.

Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at the Old Court House in Niagara-on-the-Lake today to highlight the 14 initiatives, which include:

  • A First Nations Monument at DeCew House Park Ceremony to commemorate First Nations' contributions to the building of our nation
  • A series of exhibitions and displays featuring multicultural groups at the Fort Erie summer festival
  • An exhibit at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, called Through Our Eyes: 150 Years of Canada Celebrated in Community Art Projects.

These initiatives are just some of 367 events and celebrations that Ontario is funding across the province for Ontario's 150th anniversary. Ontario has also released a new recording of A Place to Stand (Ontario Song), the province's unofficial anthem. The 50-year-old song has been refreshed to instill a sense of pride and belonging for all.  

In addition, the province is also supporting Confederation Celebration Niagara-on-the-Lake, which will commemorate the town's role as one of the province's historic capitals. The town will deliver events for local communities and visitors that showcase important moments in Ontario's history, including establishing the first parliament and passing legislation that helped set the stage for the Underground Railway.

Investing in cultural programming and infrastructure to mark Ontario's 150th anniversary is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $7 million in the Community Celebration Program to support 367 unique initiatives across the province.
  • Ontario is recognizing the historical significance of 2017 with Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that will honour Ontario's past, showcase the present and inspire future generations.
  • A Place to Stand (Ontario Song) has been refreshed to mark Ontario’s 150th anniversary. English, French and bilingual versions of the song are available as well as lyrics, sheet music and choral arrangements.
  • The Community Celebration Program is one of three community-based Ontario150 grant programs that will promote community engagement, empower young people and contribute to economic growth.
  • In 1792, Niagara-on-the-Lake was the site of the opening of the first parliament of Upper Canada — what is now Ontario. 2017 is the 225th anniversary of this milestone.
  • Between April 2017 and September 2017, Confederation Celebration Niagara-on-the-Lake will travel to local communities, elementary schools and surrounding rural areas, presenting original plays, musical performances and historical re-enactments.

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Eleanor McMahon

“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible province we live in. Through the Ontario150 program, we are supporting initiatives that recognize the people, places and events that make Ontario great. The Community Celebration Program will ensure that people in every corner of the province can recognize our 150th year and explore our heritage.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Jim Bradley

“I’m proud that the government’s support is helping the Niagara Region to celebrate this milestone in a way that is meaningful to our community. These investments will put a spotlight on our region, highlighting our diversity, heritage and culture for residents and tourists to enjoy and discover.”

Jim Bradley

MPP for St. Catharines

“On behalf of the Town Council and staff of Niagara-on-the-Lake, as well as the Town's Canada Sesquicentennial Committee, I would like to thank the province for their recognition of Niagara-on-the-Lake's historical importance and for providing support to the region through the Community Celebration Program. Our community is looking forward to welcoming visitors to participate in the many exciting events planned in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary.”

Pat Darte

Lord Mayor, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

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