In celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the province is supporting an exciting local initiative in
Campbellford that will bring people together to commemorate the qualities and values that define
Ontario and revel in this historic milestone.
Today, MPP Lou Rinaldi was at the Incredible Edibles Festival to highlight funding of $7,500
through the Community Celebration Program to allow them the opportunity to share stories, photos
and presentations of 150 years of farming.
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.
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
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 Trent Hills 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 for 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
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.
For more information, contact:
Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.
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