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  • June 16, 2017

Celebrations for Ontario’s 150th Anniversary Coming to Markham

Province Supporting Local Initiatives to Mark the Significant Milestone, Boost Tourism

In celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary, Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that the province is investing over $210,000 in three exciting local initiatives that will bring people together to commemorate the qualities and values that define Ontario and revel in this historic milestone.

Today, MPP Chan joined Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti at the Markham Civic Centre to highlight these initiatives, which include:

  • $70,000 for Markham Expo 150 from Community Celebration Program – a one day, free 150th Anniversary event at the Markham Civic Centre grounds. Markham Expo 150 aims to attract 10,000 visitors and is partnering with a wide variety of businesses and community organizations to create an inclusive and exciting event. The 150th celebration will feature local vendors, performances, family activities, educational events and live demonstrations highlighting Markham's heritage.
  • $70,000 for the Markham Museum from the Community Celebration Program - to celebrate Markham’s agricultural history. This project will create a series of activities commemorating Markham's history of technological innovation in agriculture. "Growing Innovation" will feature two exhibitions at the Markham Museum, a summer camp for children, a monthly drop-in family program and a guest lecture panel discussion. Approximately 22,000 are expected to attend.
  • $70,249 for the Aaniin Community Centre Youth Outreach and Engagement project from the Partnership Program - to enhance youth services being offered at 360 Kids in Markham by creating a variety of recreation, health, education and life skills workshops in partnership with the Social Services Network, York Region District School Board and Centre for Immigrant and Community Services. The project will increase access to free drop-in programming for 2500 at risk youth aimed to support healthy lifestyles.

“This year is a once-in-a-life time opportunity to celebrate Ontario’s sesquicentennial in a way that is so meaningful to our community.  I am proud our government is helping Markham with these Ontario150 investments that will shine a spotlight on our beautiful City, highlighting our diversity, heritage and culture for residents and tourists to enjoy and discover.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

The Ontario150 program is a series of events and initiatives that will stretch to every corner of our province, showcasing Ontario’s innovative spirit, our culture and our community diversity.

The Ontario150 Partnership Program and the Community Celebration Program are two of three community-based Ontario150 grant programs that will promote community engagement, empower young people and contribute to economic growth.

Together with the Community Capital program, these grants are funding more than 650 events, initiatives and infrastructure projects across the province to commemorate this historic milestone year.

In addition to a number of signature events planned across the province, municipalities, community organizations and Indigenous groups have been able to access funding programs designed to bring people together, while laying the groundwork for a strong economic, social and cultural legacy for Ontario’s next 150 years.

Ontario has also released a new recording of A Place to Stand (Ontario Song), the province’s unofficial anthem. The 50-year-old song, first introduced at Expo 67, has been refreshed to instill a sense of pride and belonging for all.  English, French and bilingual versions of the song are available as well as lyrics, sheet music and choral arrangements.

Investing in local communities and building new community partnerships for Ontario's 150th anniversary is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible province we live in. Through the Ontario150 program, we are supporting initiatives that recognize the people, places and events that make Ontario great. The Community Celebration Program will ensure that people in every corner of the province can recognize our 150th year and explore our heritage.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


  • 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.
  • Ontario is investing $7 million in the Community Celebration Program, $5 million in the Partnership Program and $25 million in the Community Capital Program.


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