The Government of Canada recognizes that Canadians are eager to celebrate Canada 150 in meaningful ways. We’re proud to join you in this important celebration.
Canada 150 programming provides a framework designed to maximize opportunities for Canadians to engage by participating in celebration events and initiatives and by contributing grass-roots ideas and energy within their own communities. In a country as vast and diverse as Canada, everyone has something unique and important to contribute.
The Canada 150 theme is Strong. Proud. Free. — three words that define and characterize present-day Canada.
- A Canada that is a strong model and leader in the world with one of the most robust economies.
- A Canada that is proud of its identity, diversity, innovation, and achievements as well as its natural beauty and resources.
- A Canada that is free with an open, diverse and pluralistic society. This theme enables us to connect with our past, embrace the present, and build toward the future.
Programming will support and promote activities that align with the Canada 150 vision, which includes three elements:
- Giving Back to Canada: Canadians will be challenged to dream about what the future holds for the next 150 years, and to give back to our country, providing meaningful change and lasting legacies for future generations.
- Honouring the Exceptional: Exceptional Canadian people, places, achievements and events will be showcased to help shape Canada’s leaders of tomorrow.
- Celebrating and Bringing Canadians Together: Canadians and their communities will have opportunities to celebrate together and build a deeper understanding of Canada, its people and what it means to be Canadian.
What the Government of Canada is doing
The Government of Canada is inviting Canadians to play a central role in shaping celebrations for the country’s 150thanniversary of Confederation.
The Canada 150 Fund is a three-year funding initiative that aims to promote Canadian values, culture and history, generate national pride and bring citizens together to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. This Fund complements existing programs in the Department that may also offer funding opportunities for projects related to the Canada 150th.
The Government of Canada held a contest to engage young Canadians in the celebration of Canada 150. The Canada 150 Logo Design Contest was a competition open to Canadian post secondary students who were invited to create the official logo for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
Road to 2017
Since 2012, the Government of Canada has been highlighting nation-building anniversaries that have contributed to building momentum on the Road to 2017 and Canada’s 150th anniversary. These events include the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the anniversaries of the First and Second World Wars, the Fathers of Confederation and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. MacDonald and the 50th Anniversary of the National flag.
Learn more about the Road to 2017 milestones.