The 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017: Time for Youth and Active Living!
May 25, 2016 – Saskatoon – Department of Canadian Heritage
During an outdoor canoeing activity today at Kiwanis Memorial Park in Saskatoon, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, accompanied by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, reiterated the Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. She also announced funding for a Pan-Canadian Signature project.
According to Minister Joly, the 150th anniversary of Confederation gives the Government of Canada an opportunity to engage and inspire Canadians in their communities. It is also a time to come together to celebrate our shared values, our achievements, our majestic environment and our place in the world.
The vision seeks to bring people together and inspire them. It will feature themes focusing on diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, youth and the environment.
To make 2017 a memorable year of celebrations for all Canadians, Minister Joly today confirmed that the Government of Canada will continue to invest in Canada-wide, regional and local projects to increase Canadians’ awareness and invite them to participate in the many events taking place throughout the year.
ParticipACTION: the Ultimate List of 150 Canadian Physical Activities
Minister Joly took the opportunity to announce funding of $5.4 million for ParticipACTION for the ParticipACTION 150 Play List project. She was accompanied by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities; Elio Antunes, President and CEO of ParticipACTION; and representatives from ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List premier partners: Marianne Harrison, President and CEO of Manulife Canada, and Gary Maavara, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Corus. Chevrolet Canada is also excited to be a premier partner.
This investment will enable ParticipACTION to challenge all Canadians to try out 150 unique physical activities that define us as Canadian. In October 2016, Canadians will be asked to help choose the 150 physical activities across sport, recreation and daily life that should be included on the list, from basketball to snow shovelling. In January 2017, the ParticipACTION 150 Play List will launch. Through a digital platform and more than 100 community events, Canadians will be challenged to complete as many physical activities on the list as possible. They will be able to track their efforts online, find out how their efforts compare to those of other Canadians, and earn rewards along the way.
- The main themes of the Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment and youth.
- The Canada 150 Fund was established in April 2015. It has an overall budget of $210 million.
- Through the fund, the Government of Canada will continue to make strategic investments in activities that support the vision of the 150th anniversary and encourage Canadians to participate directly.
- ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization that helps Canadians sit less and move more. ParticipACTION works with its partners—which include sport, physical activity and recreation organizations, government, and corporate sponsors—to make physical activity a vital part of everyday life.
“The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a unique opportunity for young Canadians to get involved in shaping the Canada of tomorrow. I encourage all Canadians to get involved in our country’s future by focusing on a healthy way of life and leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is a project that brings people together and engages young men and women who share the goal of staying healthy. Let’s all take part and get active!”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“I’ve seen firsthand the power that sport and physical activity have to change lives. The ParticipACTION 150 Play List, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, is a great and unique opportunity for Canadians to get active by challenging themselves and their family and friends in very fun ways through physical activity and sport. A more active and inclusive Canada is a stronger Canada—and there’s no better time to demonstrate that than over the next year of nationwide celebrations.”
—The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
“Whether you live in a small fishing village or a big urban centre, being active outdoors is part of what it means to be Canadian. With the support of our partners, the ParticipACTION 150 Play List will proudly showcase all the ways in which we move, fostering community connectedness and national pride, and encouraging active healthy living. This is all part of our goal to help Canadians sit less and move more.”
—Elio Antunes, President and CEO of ParticipACTION
“The list of physical activities will be created by Canadians for Canadians of all ages, cultures and parts of the country. We support ways that encourage Canadians to live healthy lives, and we challenge all Canadians to take part in as many of these 150 unique physical activities as they can.”
—Marianne Harrison, President and CEO of Manulife Canada
“Corus is very proud to support and celebrate ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List as the exclusive media partner of the program—together with Quebecor Media, who will amplify the initiative in the Quebec market. By harnessing the power of our media assets to champion the ParticipACTION 150 Play List, we can play an important role in encouraging Canadians to make physical activity a part of their daily lives. This adds to the broad range of programs that form part of the Corus healthy active living focus.”
—Gary Maavara, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Corus
“Chevrolet is thrilled to team up with ParticipACTION and its partners across the country to bring the ParticipACTION 150 Play List to life in communities from coast to coast to coast. As Canadians, we live in one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world, with so many spaces and places to get active. This is all part of our long-term commitment to communities, strengthening the fabric of our nation.”
— John Roth, Vice President of Sales, Service & Marketing at Chevrolet
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage