City doles out $200k to 49 community organizations for Ottawa 2017 events


(Via Ottawa 2017)

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC and the City of Ottawa, are happy to announce that 49 community organizations will receive a total of $200,000 in funding to plan unique celebrations throughout the nation’s capital for Canada’s 150th anniversary.


The call for submissions was launched in November 2015, when it was announced that Ottawa 2017 would quadruple the funding available through the City of Ottawa’s Civic Events Funding Program, an existing grants program that helps neighbourhoods mark statutory holidays throughout the year.


Because of the investment boost, from January to December 2017, community groups in all 23 City wards will highlight local culture with an increased quantity, quality and diversity of community programming.


“We’re very proud that communities in every ward will be part of the celebrations for our country’s 150th anniversary,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Residents and visitors will be able to get a taste of our culture in the heart of each community, as we celebrate everything that is great about our country through these close to 50 bigger and better local celebrations.”


In addition to funding, organizations will receive special pageantry kits to add an Ottawa 2017 flair to their events.


“It’s essential to engage all sectors of the community when planning a celebration of the magnitude of Ottawa 2017,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “We’re thrilled with the response we’ve received from local groups and equally happy that Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations will resonate in every Ottawa community with dynamic and varied experiences.”


All events are open to the public and presented free of charge. They are:


January 1


New Year’s Day Winter Carnival and Community Breakfast

Presented by: Crichton Community Council

January 2


Celebrate Canada, Celebrate Winter

Presented by: Hockey Eastern Ontario

January 22


Snow Day 2017

Presented by: Kanata Cross Country Ski Club (operating as Kanata Nordic Ski Club)

January 29


Old Fashion French Canadian Winter in Carlsbad Springs

Presented by: Carlsbad Springs Community Association

February 4


Parkwood Hills Winter Fun Day

Presented by: Nepean Community Support Services (operating as Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre)

February 20


Kars Family Fun Day

Presented by: Kars Community Recreation Association

May 13


Canada’s 150th Birthday Bash – Celebrating Harmony in Cultures

Presented by: South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre (with Hunt Club Community Organization, ABC, Somali Centre for Family Services)

May 20


Fiesta de Primavera (Spring Fest)

Presented by: Byward Market Standholders Association

May 22


Carlington Family Fun Day

Presented by: Carlington Community Association

May 27


2017 Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival

Presented by: Kanata Music Association (Kanata Symphony, Kanata Choral Society)

June 3


10,000 Steps and Hoops: Celebrating Canada’s 150th through Recreation in Somerset West

Presented by: Plant Pool Recreation Association

June 3


An International Taste of Canada – Cultural Food Celebration

Presented by: Caldwell Family Centre Inc.

June 3


Old Time Nepean Fun Fair Celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial Presented by: Tanglewood Hillsdale Community Association (with General Burns Community Association)
June 4


150th Birthday Party in Dickinson Square

Presented by: Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.

June 4


Emerald Woods Family Fun Day

Presented by: Emerald Woods Residents Association

June 4


World Folk Choir Community Celebration Day Canada 150

Presented by: World Folk Music Ottawa

June 10


“Celebrate Canada” Family Festival

Presented by: Kanata Hazeldean Lions Club Inc.

June 10


Party Like It’s 1867

Presented by: Jack Purcell Recreation Association

June 15


Overbrook Day: Overbrook Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday

Presented by: Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre

June 16


Summer Sizzler ”Canadiana Edition” – Celebrating its 10th anniversary and Canada’s 150th

Presented by: Chapel Hill South Community Association

June 17


It takes a Village to Raise a Nation – Blood, Sweat, Tears and Gears – 150 Years of Rural Cumberland

Presented by: The Navan Community Association (with Cumberland Township Agricultural Society)

June 17


Richmond Family Fun Day

Presented by: Richmond Village Association Inc.

June 18


150 Bicyles – Navan’s annual bicycle rally

Presented by: The Navan Lions Club

June 18


Father’s Day Flashback

Presented by: Goulbourn Museum

June 24


A ”Strawberry Social” – 150 years ago in our neighbourhood

Presented by: Glens Community Association

June 24


Kinburn Fun Day

Presented by: The Kinburn Community Association

June 30


Canada Day in Kanata 2017

Presented by: Canada Day in Kanata Association (with Glen Cairn Community Association)

June 30 & July 1


Canada Day in Barrhaven

Presented by: Canada Day Barrhaven Inc.

July 1


Canada Day in Beacon Hill

Presented by: Beacon Hill Community Association

July 1


Canada Day 150 in Stittsville

Presented by: Stittsville Village Association

July 1


Canada Day in Winchester

Presented by: Vernon Community Association

July 1


Canterbury 150 Festival

Presented by: Canterbury Community Association

July 1


Canada Day in Corkery

Presented by: Corkery Community Association

July 1


Canada Day in Dunrobin

Presented by: Dunrobin Community Association

July 1


Munster Canada Day Extravaganza – Celebrating 150 years

Presented by: Munster Community Association

July 1


Canada Day in the Gower

Presented by: North Gower Recreation Association

July 1


Canada Day in the Village

Presented by: Osgoode Village Community Association

July 1


Canada Day in the Park: 150 Years of Pineview

Presented by: Pineview Community Association

July 1


RSCA Canada Day family fun day

Presented by: Riverside South Community Association

July 5


Diverse Seniors Civic Holiday Celebration

Presented by: Jewish Family Services of Ottawa

July 5


It Takes a Village – Celebrating Community

Presented by: Debra Dynes Family House

July 7


2017 Habitat Greater Ottawa Block Party

Presented by: Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region

August 5 & 6


Performing Arts on the Rocks, at Remic Rapids Park

Presented by: Ottawa Rock Art Inc.

August 11 & 12


Movie Night at the Diefenbunker

Presented by: Diefenbunker Canada’s Cold War Museum

September 9


Honeywell Homestead Days

Presented by: Carlingwood Community Association

September 9


Party in the Quarry – Celebrating our 150th

Presented by: Bradley Estates Community Association (with Blackburn Community Association, Chapel Hill North Community Association, Chateauneuf Community Association)

September 17


Canada Country Fall Harvest

Presented by: City View Community Association

October 14


Old Ottawa East Fall Festival

Presented by: Community Activities Group – Ottawa East

December 9


Hockey Day at Lansdowne

Presented by: Capital City Condors



Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.


Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.


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Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.


OttawaStart Staff


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