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  • September 06, 2017

Celebrating Ontario’s 150th Anniversary with Better Community Spaces in Brighton

Province Upgrading and Renovating Local Tennis Courts

Ontario is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a province by improving and renovating community spaces in Northumberland-Quinte West and delivering better facilities for families in the community.

Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West announced today that Brighton will be receiving $25,000 in support through the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to repair the public, outdoor tennis courts and purchase new LED sport lights at the Brighton Tennis Courts.  

The Ontario150 Community Capital Program will help not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure. This support will be used to increase accessibility, improve safety and maximize community use of public spaces.

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 instill a sense of pride and belonging for all.  

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.


“Grants, like the one we’ve announced today for tennis court upgrades, provides our communities with excellent fitness opportunities for all. When community infrastructure is improved, everyone benefits. Our government has made a strong commitment to upgrading public infrastructure and we continue to realize its importance particularly in small communities across Ontario.”

— Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West

“The Ontario150 Community Capital Program will positively impact people right across the province by improving public spaces like parks and youth centres. Our investments in these important projects will build a strong social, cultural and economic legacy for our communities for years to come.”

—Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

"‎The Municipality of Brighton is pleased to receive these funds for our tennis court up grades.  This Celebrate‎ Ontario grant program will assist small communities across the province, to enhance park and community centre facilities to the benefit of all residents.   On behalf of the Municipality of Brighton, thank you to Minister McMahon and MPP Rinaldi, for your support.”

— Mark Walas, Mayor, Municipality of Brighton


  • Ontario is investing $25 million in the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to support 203 capital projects. In total, these investments are expected to result in almost 1.4 million square feet of renovated community space and more than 36,000 hours of additional availability for physical activity and arts programming.
  • 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 Ontario150 Community Capital Program is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It is one of three Ontario150 grant programs that will promote community engagement, empower young people and contribute to economic growth.
  • The Ontario150 Community Capital Program is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation uses research to guide decision-making and relies on community-based volunteers across Ontario to review applications and guide granting decisions.


Read more about how the province is celebrating this anniversary

Learn about the Foundation’s Investment Strategy

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Contact for more information:

Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.

Northumberland-Quinte West


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