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Celebrating Brantford's History and Culture for Ontario150

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Celebrating Brantford's History and Culture for Ontario150

Ontario Also Supporting Upgrades and Repairs to Community Spaces

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To mark Ontario's 150th anniversary, the province is supporting cultural attractions in Brantford and upgrades to community spaces. These initiatives will honour the area's past, showcase the present and leave a lasting legacy for people in Brantford.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery today to announce funding for an upcoming tribute to Lawren Harris, the Brantford-born member of the Group of Seven painters. A total of five cultural events in the Brantford area will receive support, including:

  • The City of Brantford's Ontario Day 2017 celebrations, which will involve 20,000 residents, performers, artists and volunteers from diverse cultures
  • A new Canadiana Stage at the Brantford International Jazz Festival that will feature Ontario's best Indigenous, Francophone and multicultural performers.

Ontario is also supporting upgrades to four community spaces in Brantford and the surrounding area:

  • The Burford Community Centre will receive funding for a new accessible play structure
  • The Cottonwood Mansion will have its roof, chimney and structural posts renovated, helping preserve this living museum
  • The Lighthouse Festival Theatre will get new theatre seating, and accessibility and security upgrades, to give theatre-goers a better experience
  • The Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre will have its windows, lighting and HVAC systems upgraded so it can continue to provide important programming for the community.

Investing in programs and infrastructure 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

  • More than 360 unique initiatives across the province are being supported by a $7 million investment through the Ontario150 Community Celebration Program to commemorate and celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary.
  • The Community Celebration Program is providing $124,750 in five grants to communities and community organizations in the Brantford area.
  • The Ontario150 Community Capital Program is providing $25 million in funding to support the repair, renovation or retrofit of existing community facilities in 203 projects across the province.
  • The Community Capital Program, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is providing four grants valued at $388,900 in the Brantford area.
  • 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. English, French and bilingual versions of the song are available, as well as lyrics, sheet music and choral arrangements.

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“The 150th anniversary of our province is not just about celebrating Ontario’s history — it is about building a dynamic, prosperous and inclusive society for future generations. Through the Ontario150 program, we are supporting initiatives that recognize the people, places, events and potential that make Ontario a unique and wonderful home for all of us.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity to join together and celebrate the incredible province we live in. Through the Ontario150 Community Capital and Celebration programs, our government is helping communities mark this historic year in a way that is meaningful to them. These investments will positively impact people right across the province by improving public spaces like parks and youth centres, and supporting events and initiatives that recognize the people and places that make Ontario great.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport



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