The Countdown Has Started: Only 150 Days to an Unforgettable Year

August 4, 2016, Gatineau – Department of Canadian Heritage

The 150th Anniversary of Confederation is Almost Here!

The countdown is on — only 150 days until the official launch of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced that many spontaneous activities will surprise Canadians from coast to coast to coast in the lead-up to the start of a highly memorable year. Canada 150 will engage our communities through local activities for families and children, such as a surprise appearance of a star in a public place, creating a community garden, upgrading a public space or a public art project.

During the announcement, the Minister noted the participation of CBC/Radio-Canada in this initiative — which will allow Canadians across the country to witness and participate in various surprise activities that will take place across the country to mark the 150 remaining days before the 150th anniversary.

The Minister also took the opportunity to challenge Canadians; she invited them to organize their own activities to mark the countdown and to share their best moments on social media by using the hashtag #Canada150 and the hashtags of the media partner for Canada 150: #RadioCanada2017 and #CBC2017.

To make 2017 a year that all Canadians will remember, the Government of Canada will continue to provide funding for national, regional and local projects and invite Canadians to take part in the many events scheduled for throughout the year.

The Government of Canada’s vision seeks to bring people together and inspire them. It will highlight the themes of diversity and inclusiveness, young people, the environment and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.


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Quick Facts

  • The start of the countdown was also marked at events in Halifax, Charlottetown, Québec City, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver.
  • The Canada 150 countdown is intended to encourage participation by Canadians nationwide and to promote the celebrations that are about to start, which will continue throughout 2017.
  • The Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation includes four major themes: diversity and inclusiveness, the environment, young people, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Celebrations highlighting these themes will be held to bring people together and inspire them.
  • The Canada 150 Fund, established in April 2015, has an overall budget of $210 million.


“Today, barely 150 days remain before the official launch of major festivities scheduled for every region throughout 2017. I encourage all Canadians to join in the celebrations by getting involved right now in the many activities that will happen all across Canada. I am sure that these activities will build genuine enthusiasm. Together, let’s get ready to experience an extraordinary and memorable year! The countdown has started!”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“CBC/Radio-Canada is proud to be a part of the lead‑up to 2017. Over the next 150 days, the public broadcaster will provide a space where Canadians can share their stories, ideas and perspectives and where they can engage with one another from coast to coast to coast.”

– Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada

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