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Empowering Youth in Celebration of Ontario's 150th Anniversary

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Empowering Youth in Celebration of Ontario's 150th Anniversary

Province Supporting Next Generation of Leaders Through 87 Innovative Projects

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario is supporting 87 community-based projects that will empower and engage the next generation of leaders, in celebration of the province's 150th anniversary.

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at City Hall in Mississauga today with MonstrARTity, which is receiving support through the Ontario150 Partnership Program for its Monster Artist Development (MAD) project. The project will pair young South Asian artists with experienced artists and music industry experts to provide mentorship, business skills, media training, and a support network. The project also includes the implementation of a collaborative marketing campaign and the creation of an online resource centre.

The Ontario150 Partnership Program provides youth with opportunities to actively participate in their communities in ways that reflect their creativity, cultural expression, diversity, inclusion, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, healthy living and civic engagement.

This investment is one of three Ontario150 grant programs that will promote community engagement, empower young people and contribute to economic growth. Together with the Community Celebration and Community Capital programs, these grants are funding more than 650 events, initiatives and infrastructure projects across the province to commemorate this historic milestone year.

Building new community partnerships for 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 $5 million in the Ontario150 Partnership Program to support 87 projects in communities 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.
  • In celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the province 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 instil a sense of pride and belonging for all.
  • On February 8 the Ontario Government launched a unique new TV ad for Ontario150 that follows the stories of five very different people, all ultimately connected in the end as they find a place of belonging in an Ontario community.

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Eleanor McMahon

“The Ontario150 Partnership Program will help empower and engage youth in their communities. This year, as we celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary, we are investing in our youth, cultivating the next generation of leaders and charting a course to a successful future as a province.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Charles Sousa

“It’s great to see Mississauga organizations like MonstrARTity that engage and empower our young people through its Monster Art Development project. This investment enriches our culture and makes a positive impact in our community.”

Charles Sousa

MPP for Mississauga South

“Thanks to this funding from the Province, MonstrARTity is able to support amazing, diverse, homegrown talent with this innovative Monster Artist Development project. These artists represent the voices in our community, and are a valuable part of our culture as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of confederation.”

Vikas Kohli

Executive Director, MonstrARTity

Media Contacts

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office

    Jeff.Costen@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

    (416) 326-1724

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