Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation is an opportunity to connect with our past, celebrate who we are, and build a legacy for tomorrow.
Our government has dedicated almost $500 million to make the sesquicentennial memorable.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will go toward projects that provide community, recreational and cultural benefits. The Canada 150 Fund is earmarked for events large and small. A third initiative provides support for Celebrate Canada days — National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).
In Nipissing-Timiskaming, two dozen applicants were awarded close to $760,000:
- The Near North District School Board received $20,000 for “Canada Eh!,” an artistic journey through Canada;
- The Temiskaming Art Gallery got $26,000 to host a community celebration;
- ACFO- Témiskaming was granted $42,300 for a display that will travel to events and festivals;
- North Bay Heritage Gardeners will create a Canada 150 garden at the waterfront with its $50,000;
- Bonfield is putting its $56,600 toward a change room and Zamboni garage;
- Cobalt was awarded $22,500 to renovate the Larose Bridge;
- Mattawa will invest $100,000 in the Mike Rodden Arena;
- Powassan will put its $100,000 toward improvements to the public library;
- Latchford received $22,526 for an emergency generator for the water plant;
- Chisholm is refurbishing its tennis courts with $17,475;
- Temagami First Nation will use its $100,000 for the cultural learning centre;
- East Ferris will give a $34,750 spruce-up to the Astorville tennis courts;
- Temiskaming Shores will put $100,000 into the New Liskeard library;
- Coleman Township will use $22,500 to transform a mining headframe into a rest stop;
- $15,500 will go toward the Temiskaming Shores and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Information Centre;
- “Celebrate Canada’s 150th” in Temagami receives $4,650;
- $2,560 will go to Cobalt’s Canada Day events;
- Temiskaming Shores’ Summerfest was awarded $5,000;
- Powassan’s July 1 celebrations get a $1,725 boost;
- $2,200 for Coleman’s July 1 festivities;
- North Bay’s O Canada Day Committee was given $6,500;
- Nipissing First Nation received $1,600 for National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Garden Village;
- $1,500 will go to Bonfield’s birthday bash; and
- Latchford’s Confederation milestone events are in line for $1,200.
There are so many opportunities to celebrate Canada and make memories a lifetime throughout Nipissing-Timiskaming this summer. Wherever you find yourself, be safe, have fun, and have a wonderful Canada Day!