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  • April 19, 2017

Celebrations for Ontario’s 150th Anniversary Coming to York Region

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

In celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the province is supporting twp exciting local initiatives that will bring people together to commemorate the qualities and values that define Ontario and revel in this historic milestone.


  •  Markham Museum and Historic Village for Growing Innovation: Celebrating Markham's Agricultural History
  • MOTUS O Dance Theatre for their History of Canadian Fairs & Festivals production


These initiatives are just some of 367 events and celebrations that Ontario is funding across the province for Ontario’s 150th anniversary. Ontario 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 instill a sense of pride and belonging for all. 


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


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.




“Our government celebrating this milestone in a way that is meaningful to our community. These investments will put a spotlight on our region, highlighting our diversity, heritage and culture for residents and tourists to enjoy and discover.”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek


“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 investing $7 million in the Community Celebration Program to support 367 unique initiatives across the province.
  • 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 song, A Place to Stand (Ontario Song), was first introduced at Expo 67. English, French and bilingual versions of the song are available as well as lyrics, sheet music and choral arrangements.



Community Celebration Program recipients


Find local community projects, events and signature initiatives happening near you

Read more about how the province is celebrating this anniversary

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