Four times the fun for Ottawa communities in 2017

City Council & Boys and Girls Club Ottawa

Ottawa – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, joined by Councillors Cloutier and Fleury, co-chairs of the City’s efforts in Ottawa 2017, Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, and special guests, tonight announced an investment of $150,000 in the City’s Civic Events Funding Program to help local organizations plan unique celebrations for Canada’s sesquicentennial all across the city.

“This investment will enable the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday to resonate throughout the capital,” said Mayor Watson. “By quadrupling the Civic Events Funding Program for 2017, we’re providing increased opportunities for community groups to host memorable events and four times the fun for our residents in 2017.”

Community organizations were gathered at City Hall for the important funding announcement.

The significant boost to the City of Ottawa’s Civic Events Funding Program, an existing and proven grants program, will contribute to an increased quantity, quality and diversity of community programming across the city during 2017.

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

“Ottawa 2017 is thrilled to engage local organizations to participate in this historic celebration,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “This funding increase will allow communities to define how they would like to celebrate Canada’s big year, while amplifying the celebrations and creating a festive spirit throughout the region.”

Interested organizations are invited to learn more about the Civic Events Funding Program. Additional details regarding the funding requirements for 2017 will be available in the coming months. Community groups are encouraged to follow Ottawa 2017 on social media for regular updates.

Ottawa will be centre stage in 2017, as a record number of Canadians come to their capital to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Ottawa 2017 will be announcing many more initiatives in the weeks and months to come, as we gear up for this once-in-a-lifetime, year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, right here in the capital