Signature projects

Canada150

Pan-Canadian Signature projects are large-scale, participation-oriented activities, of national scope and with high impact. These projects will bring Canadians together to celebrate, participate in events and share experiences.

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150 Years Young - Apathy is Boring

Through Creative Interventions, the 150 Years Young campaign will acknowledge and highlight millennials’ diverse contributions and mobilize their potential. Photos and Stories will be collected to illustrate how millennials make a difference then will be posted online and projected on buildings in 5 different cities as part of Street Talks events.

4-H in Canada - Engaging Youth and Connecting Communities - 4-H Canada

4-H Canada, one of Canada’s longest running youth organizations, is supporting up to 150 youth-powered community celebrations exploring Canada’s rich agricultural history this year. 4-H is distributing 4-H Club Start-Up Kits to over 100 communities across Canada to help youth learn and develop the skills they need to become leaders and influence the world around them.

Watch out for 4-H events in your community!

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Access4All – The Rick Hansen Foundation

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is empowering youth and community leaders across the country to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada with Access4All!

RHF is keeping the dream of a world without barriers alive by expanding the successful Rick Hansen School Program this year. With the support of RHF Ambassadors, youth and community groups will identify and undertake accessibility infrastructure improvement projects in their community—from building ramps to making playgrounds accessible.

AquaVan 150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines - Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

AquaVan150 is making a splash this year! From April to October, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre (VAMSC) Education Team is hitting the road on a national tour with their mobile ‘wet lab.’ Visiting 150 schools, camps and community groups from coast to coast to coast, the AquaVan wet lab will travel all across Canada. You can even catch them at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill!

Through AquaVan150, youth can get hands-on experience with marine life—literally. Connect with your local aquatic habitat and natural surroundings by visiting the mobile wet lab when it comes to a location near you. Check out their website for details on where the AquaVan is headed next!

ART EXPRESS'D - Winnipeg Art Gallery

Are you ready to think inside the box? ART EXPRESS’D from the Winnipeg Art Gallery features three 20-foot shipping containers converted into mobile art studios travelling across Canada this summer. Stopping in 15 cities from coast to coast to coast, each mobile art studio features an artist, a videographer and volunteers. The containers are a space where Canadians create art and make videos about their vision of Canada.

The voyage of the containers will be live streamed online starting in May 2017. ART EXPRESS’D makes its way across Canada June through August 2017.

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BioBlitz Canada 150 - Canadian Wildlife Federation

Get in the picture this year with Canada’s nature selfie! BioBlitz Canada 150 is offering Canadians the opportunity to become citizen scientists, explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and create a snapshot of our country’s environment for future generations.

Scientists are joining communities across Canada to learn, celebrate and help conserve our natural heritage by documenting species from coast to coast to coast, contributing to the national database of wildlife in Canada.

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Canada 150&Me is a national competition for youth between the ages of 14-19. Participants selected will be travelling to one of four regional cities for a week of educational, cultural and community activities.

150&Me will involve thousands of young Canadians in a conversation about Canada’s future, encouraging young people to take a leadership role in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!

Canada 150 Voyageurs RendezVous - The Confluence Heritage Society

The Canada 150 Voyageurs RendezVous (150 VR) will produce the re-enactment of the 1967 Centennial Canoe Race. This 23 day adventure will involve 26 canoe race teams from across the country celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

CanadaC3 - Coast to Coast to Coast - Students on Ice Foundation

Canada C3 is an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria through the Northwest Passage that will explore the largest coastline in the world, navigate Canada’s three oceans, and celebrate the past, present and future of our amazing country. The 150-day expedition is divided into 15 major legs that will each have a cross-section of Canadians on board.

In 2017, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) invites you to enjoy a national celebration of Canada's diverse musical landscape. From indigenous to indie, classical to cutting-edge, and innovative collaborations from coast to coast to coast, dozens of new works and thematic programs will be performed, not just by the TSO but by orchestras all across Canada. This is Canada Mosaic.

How can I get involved?

See the list of concerts and program dates on the Canada Mosaic website, to be launched in the fall of 2016.

Canada on Screen - Toronto International Film Festival

Canada on Screen will connect film-lovers through the celebration of 150 seminal Canadian moving image works. As a celebration of our shared history, TIFF and its partners will identify, restore and screen these masterworks, which will include films, television shows, commercials, music videos and installations produced throughout Canada’s rich history. Canada on Screen will also include 2167, a virtual reality project where six Indigenous filmmakers and artists are asked to look 150 years into the future.

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Dream Catcher - Confederation Centre of the Arts

Dream catcher looks at our country, our past and our future through the lens of the dreams of the next generation of Canadians. In the winter of 2017, Confederation Centre of the Arts will send a creative team to tour Canada, working with young people in each province and territory to turn their dreams into performances of music, theatre or dance. The youth will work with indigenous artists to learn about the significance of the traditional dream catcher as well as creating actual dream catchers for inclusion in the performances. The creations of the young people will be combined into a high-energy, one hour performance that will feature an expanded Confederation Centre Young Company program, featuring 26 young professional performers, interpreting through music and dance the ambitions, hopes and dreams of Canada’s next generation.

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Edges of Canada - NYO Canada

The “Edges of Canada sesquicentennial tour” represents the most ambitious undertaking in National Youth Orchestra’s 57-year history. Travelling to top venues in 12 cities coast-to-coast-to-coast, the Orchestra will perform, some of the most complex and beautiful classical music repertoire to be heard anywhere in Canada, if not the world. This year, they will add not only a massive expansion in reach, but also a massive expansion in the extent of their collaborations and artistic scope.

The special sesquicentennial tour will also see the Orchestra perform specially commissioned new works by Canadian composers, a collaboration in selected cities with the National Youth Choir, and also the performance of a very special original multi-arts component, which will be created with leading Indigenous artists from every part of Canada.

Explore150 - TakingITGlobal

Explore150 will engage 100,000 Canadians in discovering, sharing, and reflecting on the cultural, natural, and historic places in their communities and across Canada. Driven by youth, it will encourage communities to document and celebrate their connection to the places that are most significant to them

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Here’s My Canada - Historica Canada

Here’s My Canada, a multilingual nation-wide contest, invites Canadians to express what Canada means to them in a 30-second video. The contest objective is to create a living record of Canadian sentiment and foster a greater understanding of what it means to be Canadian. The project includes the creation of a video app, a website, an extensive promotional campaign and events.

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Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour - Indspire

Indspire will highlight exceptional accomplishments by Indigenous people, who will tell their stories to Canadians. This cross-Canada tour will showcase the great diversity that exists in this country’s population, and engage and empower youth to participate in the movement towards reconciliation.

How can I get involved?

Follow Indspire on Twitter to learn more!

INNOVATION 150

A nationwide program from five leading science organizations that celebrates Canada’s innovative past and sparks the ideas and discoveries that will propel our future.
Innovation150 is a yearlong program offering meaningful and enriching experiences across the country that foster a culture of innovation and inspire the next generation of social and technological innovators. The national collaboration includes:

  • Power of Ideas National Tour
  • QUANTUM: The Exhibition
  • Innovation Festivals
  • Innovation150 Digital Hub
  • Public Awareness Campaign

How can I get involved?

Innovation150 is a collaborative celebration of Canadian innovation, featuring awe-inspiring science and technology experiences for youth, families, and communities. With activities happening in every province and territory—and online—we are inviting Canadians to join us. Join us online at Innovation150.ca where you can contribute to an interactive digital storybook of innovation, participate in online contests, learn about public events, and discover resources for parents and educators.

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La Grande Traversée - Les Productions Rivard and Zone3 Producteurs (in French only)

La Grande Traversée is a television series that follows the adventures of ten people, chosen from among more than 1,200 candidates from across Canada, who will cross the Atlantic Ocean in the same conditions as their ancestors did in the 17th and 18th centuries, during the period of New France.

LandMarks2017 - Partners In Art

LandMarks2017 is a national contemporary art project that will inspire people to reconnect with the land through a series of new multidisciplinary art projects. A team of nationally acclaimed curators will inspire and lead established artists, art students and local communities in creating collaborative works of art inspired using nature as their theme.

Lost Stories - Concordia University

The Lost Stories Project seeks out little known stories about the Canadian past from across the country which will be brought to light and transformed into public works of art. This process is documented through a series of short films. Watch as we embark on a creative journey into our history.

How can I get involved?

Are there little known stories that you think are worth telling, and that are connected to a particular location where a marker could be constructed? If so, write to: historylost@concordia.ca or share through Facebook or Twitter.

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National Canadian Film Day 150 - REEL CANADA

National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) is a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies will be broadcast, posted online and shown at more than 600 screenings. With free events put on in every province and territory, many of them featuring talented Canadian film talent, NCFD 150 promises to be the biggest film festival in the world.

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North: A pan-territorial celebration

North: A pan-territorial celebration will bring together performing artists, visual artists, mixed media artists and Dene, Inuit and Arctic sport athletes from the three territories to celebrate Canada’s north. The celebration will go on tour to Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Ottawa and Vancouver and will showcase the distinct culture of each territory and engage audiences to participate.

ParticipACTION - ParticipACTION 150 Play List

ParticipACTION is encouraging all Canadians to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by getting active! Whether you live in a remote village or a big urban centre, being outdoors is part of what it means to be Canadian.

How can I get involved?

In October 2016, Canadians will be asked to help choose the 150 physical activities – across sport, recreation and the activities of daily life – that should be included on the list. Basketball? Capture the Flag? Bowling? You tell us. It will be the ultimate play list created by Canadians for Canadians. Be sure to have your say by coming back to this site to submit your ideas or vote.

In January, the ParticipACTION 150 Play List will launch and every Canadian will be challenged to complete as many physical activities on the list as possible.

Possible Canadas - 4Rs Youth Movement

The 4Rs Youth Movement is engaging young people in authentic dialogue and relationship building that highlights the contributions of Indigenous peoples over the last 150 years.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways that you can participate in and support the movement. Find out how.

Project Tessera - Vox Pop Labs

Project Tessera is a civic engagement initiative that combines digital media and data science to serve Canadians. The centerpiece of Project Tessera is an interactive online application that surveys users on themes such as culture, values, symbols and their sense of belonging.

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Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy – Reconciliation Canada

Through Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy, Reconciliation Canada will examine and document perceptions, actions and aspirations of Canadians in relation to reconciliation. This narrative will recognize our common history, highlight current achievements and create hope for the next 150 years.

How can I get involved?

Reconciliation Canada has initiatives planned across the country through 2016 - 2017 to engage individuals, groups and organizations in the reconciliation process. Learn more!

Red Couch Tour - ELPIO Production

The Red Couch Tour is calling all Canadians to have a seat and share their story! To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Red Couch is travelling cross-country to hear from Canadians on what Canada means to them.

The Northern tour kicked-off of on March 1st in Iqaluit, and continues for an 8-week national tour in June and July from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, with many stops along the way including small towns and major urban centers. Follow the journey online and watch for a tour stop in your community!

Rendez-vous 2017 – Rendez-vous naval de Québec

More than 40 tall ships will be sailing Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. They are scheduled to stop at host ports in Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes, giving thousands of people the opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas. Hop on board and tour the ships...thrill to the brilliant thematic fireworks in one of the port cities...applaud the colourful parade of crew members...enjoy talented street performers...and much more!

How can I get involved?

Rendez-vous 2017 is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a crew member on one of the tall ships. Learn how you can sail on board.

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SESQUI – SESQUI INC.

SESQUI, short for Sesquicentennial, is an immersive media experience that reframes how we imagine Canada as a nation. Featuring 360° cinematic, interactive content, live events, online activities and learning programs, SESQUI showcases the best in Canadian arts and innovation. By engaging with our shared landscape and culture of creativity, all Canadians are invited to participate in 150 celebrations.

Take a peek at what they're doing behind-the-scenes, explore the volunteer opportunities and keep up to date as they roll out their programming and register for their newsletter or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sharing Dance Canada 2017 - Canada’s National Ballet School

Canada’s National Ballet School is inviting you to show them your moves in 2017. Thousands of participants will engage in a lively, entertaining and health-promoting dance activity during Sharing Dance Day scheduled for June 2017. Across the country, communities will demonstrate their spin on the richly expressive dance routine representing Canada, its youth and identity.

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Travelling Through History - The Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation

The Foundation will give thousands of youth and adults an opportunity to discover and share their history. Two types of activities will be suggested to schools: an essay writing contest on history, heritage, cultural diversity or French expressions, and a French-language dictation competition. In addition, five days of animation and shows will take place in VIA Rail stations and a large scale final show in Ottawa to recognize the achievements of our finalists.

The Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country - The Walrus Foundation

The Walrus Foundation will put on an extraordinary national tour running from March 1 to June 1, 2017 focusing on the future of our country and featuring 50 members of the Order of Canada and 50 youth leaders. The Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada will visit every province and territory and will live stream these events on its platforms.

The YMCA LocalMOTION Challenge - YMCA Canada

LocalMOTION will be an entertaining and active celebration of community-building, and an opportunity to learn about the YMCA’s historic role in the development of Canada’s railways, which linked the country from coast to coast. Highlights include a digital game, live events in communities across Canada, and a national summit in June 2017.

Timeraiser 150 - Framework Foundation

A Timeraiser is like speed-dating for volunteerism, with a silent art auction twist. Attendees will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with several dozen non-profit organizations in order to match their skills with community needs. Once a volunteer match is made, attendees can then bid on artwork in a silent art auction format. But rather than bidding in money, they bid in volunteer hours.

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Unity Through Sport: The Canada Games Activity Challenge & 50th Anniversary Flag Relay - Canada Games Council

Thanks to the Canada Games Activity Challenge, starting in January 2017, students age 5-12 in thousands of schools across Canada will participate in fun filled, age appropriate activities, while receiving online incentives, encouragement and educational curriculum content along the way. Special guests, alumni and government partners will help us inspire and keep Canadian children active for life. In addition, the 50th Anniversary Flag Relay will involve the past 25 Canada Games host communities starting on Feb. 11, 2017.

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Voices from Nunavut - Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum

Voices from Nunavut is a multi-language (Inuktitut, Innuinaqtun, French and English) exhibition consisting of a 25-channel video installation that will represent one of the 25 Nunavut communities. Youth from each community will create these artistic media collages. A picture of what makes each community unique, what makes them proud, and what it is like to live in these communities, through the eyes of youth, will emerge from these activities and show what Nunavut feels like, sounds like and looks like in 2017.

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WE Are Canada – WE

WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to make a local and global impact. This fall to celebrate Canada 150, we are launching the unique "WE Are Canada" resources and curriculum that will empower young Canadians and their families to build a deeper understanding of Canada, learn about pressing issues and discover how they can join in to make a difference.  WE aims to leave a legacy through our three goals:

  • 1 million Canadians taking a pledge for Canada 150
  • $1 million fundraised to support Canadian organizations
  • 1 million positive actions taken around the themes of youth empowerment, the environment, diversity and inclusion, and reconciliation

How can I get involved?

Join the WE movement and the hundreds of thousands of Canadians already coming together to ensure a strong Canadian future.  Every pledge, donation and action, big or small, makes a difference - no matter what you can contribute, there is a place in this Canadian movement for you. Learn more and take the pledge, visit www.we.org/we-are-canada

We are the Best by Ricardo - Ricardo Media

We are the Best is a series of 52 short videos exploring the extraordinary culinary riches of our country. This project is part of a grand tour that will take Ricardo from coast to coast, introducing Canadians to our very best national products that are gathering attention at home and abroad. The videos will be available to all Canadians free of charge, and provided on all platforms (TV, Web TV and mobile devices).

150 Alliance

The 150Alliance is building the biggest database of groups, individuals and organizations involved in Canada 150 projects and initiatives. This digital platform will act as a hub for all 2017 activities, featuring a cross-Canada events calendar, ongoing storytelling, continuous news feeds and a space for organizations to connect and collaborate. Learn more!

Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. The Community Fund for Canada 150 wishes to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country. It is a chance to encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that will foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy now and for future generations. Learn more!

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