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  • September 08, 2017

Celebrating Ontario’s 150th Anniversary with Better Community Spaces in Northumberland-Quinte West

Province Upgrading and Renovating Local Park

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

MPP Lou Rinaldi announced today that Hamilton Township will receive $25,800 in support through the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to replace outdated play equipment in Castle Hill Park with a new, accessible play structure. Fostering more active lifestyles, this initiative will help the infrastructure to be accessible and available for physical activity, and has an impact on the lives of 11,000 people in the community.

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 instil 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.


“I’m very pleased that our government is providing funding to bring modern and updated accessible play equipment to Castle Hill Park. The wonder of childhood is often expressed through playing on jungle gyms, slides and swings. This equipment will make sure that all children can easily experience that same magic. This will bring great joy for years to come to many children.”

— 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

“People enjoy the lifestyle and sense of community that we have in Hamilton Township.  Reinvesting in the community infrastructure, including local parks such as Castle Hill, helps support our neighbourhoods and overall community.  On behalf of Council and the residents, I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for their support under the Ontario150 Community Capital Program.  This park is real evidence of the very positive impact we can have working together.”

— Mark Lovshin, Mayor, Hamilton Township                                              


  • 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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