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  • July 19, 2017

Celebrations for Ontario’s 150th Anniversary Coming to Port Hope

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

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

Today, Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P. for Northumberland-Quinte West was in Port Hope to highlight a $4,125 grant to the Green Wood Coalition's Full Circle Days initiative, which is a three-day, free program of activities aimed at fostering a better understanding of Canada's shared history of its indigenous peoples.  This event welcomes indigenous voices to be heard through educational and cultural activities.

This initiative is just one 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 Green Wood Coalition 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, M.P.P, 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

“I think we’re at a critical point in the history of relations between settlers and Indigenous people, and we need to be creating spaces, like Full Circle Days, where we can encounter each other to explore ways of listening, and to think about our part in the healing process."

— David Sheffield, Community Director, Green Wood Coalition


  • 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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