Six community projects in central Alberta will be getting funding from the federal government. It’s all to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s federation.
Edmonton-Centre MP Randy Boissonnault said it’s important to celebrate “everyday Canada.”
“You’re going to see us celebrating starting December 31 and all the way through from January through to December. The programming with signature events enables us to celebrate from coast, to coast, to coast throughout the whole year,” he said.
Boissonnault was joined by Edmonton-Millwoods MP Amarjeet Sohi to announce $664,900 Wednesday for community projects in Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, and Red Deer.
That’s not the only money being handed out. Between government and private donations the Liberals will be dishing out $40 million worth of micro-grants of up to $15,000 for smaller celebrations as well.
“So that allows a seniors residence to have a Canada 150 party, a neighbourhood could shut down a street and have a block party, we know there are going to be some block parties, people are being very creative with how they want to celebrate Canada 150 and we want to support that,” Boissonnault said.
The Canada 150 celebrations are encouraged to feature four themes: diversity and inclusiveness, the environment, young people and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. (kb/sj)