Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris invited Westman communities to put forward proposals for the Canada 150 Fund. The goal of the Canada 150 Fund is to create opportunities to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada. A limited number of high impact, large-scale projects that are national in scope will also be supported through the Canada 150 Fund as Signature Initiatives.
"Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 is set to be an exceptional year for Canadians and their country", said Maguire. "It will be a rare opportunity to reflect and deepen our sense of what it means to be Canadian and inspire a new era of optimism and pride across the country, for a Canada that is Strong, Proud and Free".
In lead up to and during 2017, Canadians are being encouraged to give back to their community and their country in ways that will have a lasting effect on Canadian life for generations to come. Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation is a pivotal milestone in our nationhood and is set to be an exceptional year for Canadians and our country.
The overarching theme of Canada 150 is "Strong. Proud. Free." The Canada 150 vision is to Give Back to Canada, including through lasting legacies that extend beyond 2017; Honour the Exceptional; and Celebrate and Bring Canadians Together. The vision will be achieved by making strategic investments in activities that align with these aspirations.
"In a country as vast and diverse as Canada, each of us can contribute something unique and meaningful to this celebration," said Maguire.
For more information about the Government of Canada's plans and vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation and how Westman residents can play a central role in shaping these celebrations, Canadians are invited to visit www.Canada.ca/150. The site also includes information about the Canada 150 winning logo and how to apply for funding to celebrate this important anniversary.
Eligible funding recipients under the Canada 150 Fund include the following types:
- Canadian not-for-profit organizations, including corporations, trusts, cooperatives and unincorporated associations;
- Canadian business corporations, including partnerships, trusts and joint ventures where projects are non-commercial in nature;
- Canadian schools; and,
- Canadian municipal governments and their institutions.
There is no established deadline to submit a funding application under the Canada 150 Fund. For Signature Initiatives, an Expression of Interest must be submitted by May 29, 2015. Contact a Canadian Heritage program officer to get an application kit by phone: 204-983-3601 or 1-866-811-0055 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.