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October 27, 2016: Provincial Report; A Place To Stand, A Place To Grow.

October 27, 2016: Provincial Report;
A Place To Stand, A Place To Grow.

By Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre.
Unabridged version.

There is no doubt as you look around Ottawa that we are all getting ready for major celebrations next year. It’s Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 – the sesquicentennial. As construction ramps up and the event roster grows and grows, I am proud to share that Ontario too is celebrating its 150th birthday since Canada’s birth year and our government is packing the celebrations in a big way.

Ontario is marking the anniversary of Confederation in ways that honour our past and will help chart a course for our future. I was proud to join Premier Kathleen Wynne at the National Art Gallery to announce the province’s support for hundreds of community-based projects in honour of the 150th anniversary. These projects will leave lasting social and cultural legacies and contribute to economic growth.

Across our great province, we are providing $25 million to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure; $7 million to help communities celebrate this truly historic year; and $5 million for community partnership programs to help foster the next generation of Ontario leaders.

Ottawa’s celebrations will be a little extra special next year with Ontario’s $9 million commitment to our community’s year-long event schedule. Our city will be hosting millions of people, from local residents to people from around the world. This money will help Ottawa greet each and every person coming to our community and allow them to experience this great place we call home.

Another exciting part of the Premier’s announcement is Ontario’s logo for the year-long celebrations, and an updated version of the province’s unofficial anthem. I dare you to listen to the tune and not dance along. “A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow” was originally written for Expo 67 in Montreal but it has gotten a whole lot funkier with a fresh, young and upbeat remake. You can hear it on YouTube by searching “Ontario 150”.

It is still only Fall, but all eyes are on the new year and what 2017 will bring for our community and our city at-large. The Province’s funding will truly make this a year to remember and in our communities and homes, the celebrations will be carrying on long after the crowds leave and the fireworks go off.

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