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  • February 02, 2017

Celebration for Ontario’s 150th Anniversary Coming to Cobourg

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

In celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the province is supporting an exciting local initiative in the Town of Cobourg that will bring people together to commemorate the qualities and values that define Ontario and revel in this historic milestone.

Today, Lou Rinaldi, MPP of Northumberland-Quinte West was at Cobourg Community Centre to highlight the $60,000 grant approved for the Ontario Men's and Women's Curling Championship under the Ontario150 Community Celebration Program.

This initiative is just one of 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. 

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.


Investing in local communities for Ontario's 150th anniversary is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“Our government is helping the Town of Cobourg celebrate this milestone in a way that is meaningful to our community. This investment will put a spotlight on our region, highlighting our diversity, heritage and culture for residents and tourists to enjoy and discover.”

— Lou Rinaldi, MPP, Northumberland-Quinte West

“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

"The Ontario Curling Association is pleased to be working in partnership with the community of Cobourg to bring the Ontario Tankard and Scotties to this region.  The funding that we have received through the Ontario 150 program has been essential in allowing us to celebrate the history of past Ontario champions in our great sport, at an event where teams are working hard to attain an Ontario provincial championship.  Being part of the Ontario 150 program will allow us to showcase the sport of curling, which has been part of many families across Ontario and the rest of Canada for many years."

— Rick Meraska, Board Chair, Ontario Curling AssociatioN


  • 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.

The song, A Place to Stand (Ontario Song), was first introduced at Expo 67. English, French and bilingual versions of the song are available as well as lyrics, sheet music and choral arrangements.


Community Celebration Program recipients

Find local community projects, events and signature initiatives happening near you

Read more about how the province is celebrating this anniversary                                                                                                                                  

Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.

Northumberland-Quinte West



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