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  • November 07, 2017

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

Province Upgrading and Renovating Accessible Trails and Signage in Northumberland Forest

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

On Tuesday, local MPP Lou Rinaldi formally congratulated the County of Northumberland on the work it’s done as a result of receiving a $12,500 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant in January to add a new ‘Heritage Trail’ to the Northumberland County Forest network. This looped accessible trail extends over one kilometre through the Forest, with interpretive signage along the route that details the history of the area.  Fostering more active lifestyles, this initiative is about establishing infrastructure for unstructured and structured physical activities, which will have an impact on the lives of 10,000 people in the community.

Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario150 Community Capital Program grants are helping non-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure. The one-time, Ontario150 grant has been designed to help honour Ontario’s past, showcase the present and inspire future generations.

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.


“Infrastructure is the backbone that supports community life. It gives us spaces to come together, to be active or to honour our heritage. Our government is helping Northumberland County strengthen community infrastructure that makes a difference in our everyday lives.” 

— Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West

“The new, accessible Heritage Trail creates opportunities for more members of our community to enjoy recreation experiences in the County Forest. This inclusive route is a fitting way to celebrate Canada 150 in Northumberland County. We thank the provincial government for the funding that has made this new resource possible.”

— Mark Walas, Warden, County of Northumberland                                                                                                                           


  • 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 one of three Ontario150 granting programs that are promoting community engagement, empowering young people and contributing to economic growth.


Community Capital Program recipients

Read more about how the province is celebrating this anniversary

Learn about the Foundation’s Investment Strategy




For further information:

Lou Rinaldi, MPP

Northumberland-Quinte West



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