Happy Canada Day & Agri 150

I hope everyone had a tremendous Canada Day weekend (or Independence Day weekend if that’s your thing).  Thank you to the many volunteers in North Gower, Manotick and Munster who helped celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday by organizing community events.

With Canada Day behind us, it means we are now closer than ever to celebrating Canada’s 150th!  If you are looking to celebrate in your community, the City of Ottawa has increased the amount of money in the 2017 Civic Events Funding Program. As opposed to previous years, the event does not need to be held on a statutory holiday. Your community event can now be celebrated anytime during 2017.

Local not-for-profit organizations such as community groups and recreation associations are invited to apply for funding to provide one-to-two-day community events with free admission that foster civic pride and develop community cohesion.

The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are collaborating on the Civic Events Funding Program. As in previous years, the $50,000 from the Civic Events Funding Program will continue to fund community focused events. The additional investment of $150,000 will specifically focus on community events that celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 4:00pm. Information Package and Application Forms are available at ottawa.ca or at any Ottawa Client Service Centre. For more information, contact 613-580-2424 ext.14133 or rec-info@ottawa.ca

Agri 150

On the subject of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau recently launched Agri 150, a new program that will be stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come.

From January to December, Agri 150 will offer a variety of experiences for the senses that will allow residents and visitors to indulge in the pure beauty of rural Ottawa – which makes up over two-thirds of the city – just a few minutes from the buzzing urban hub of the 2017 celebrations. Agri 150 will be managed by Just Food, in partnership with Ottawa 2017. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to fostering vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region.

The Agri 150 program will provide new ways to experience rural Ottawa and will take place in the following communities: West Carleton-March, Stittsville, Cumberland, Osgoode and Rideau Goulbourn. More than 20 unique one-day outdoor events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover our rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

Some examples of Agri 150 experiences include, among others:

  • Wine and Words Tour: Participants will visit several local wineries to sample area wines paired with local cheeses and other canapés. In partnership with the Ottawa International Writers Festival, at each stop, a local author or storyteller will entertain with passages that reflect the rural landscape and way of life.
  • Eco-Tour: This cycling tour will showcase tastes and innovations in environmental sustainability in rural Ottawa, including an off-grid farm, a conservation area, solar installations and greenhouse vegetable production. At each stop, participants will enjoy locally produced treats while interacting with expert tour guides.
  • Rural Fair Experiences: Working with farmers, producers and growers, rural fairs highlight local history and current food and farm culture. Agri 150 will ensure through marketing initiatives that even more residents and visitors alike will learn about rural resources and celebrate the distinct rural nature of the community in a fun and interactive way.

Ottawa 2017 is also working in collaboration with OC Transpo to offer transportation to Agri 150 events, allowing a greater number of residents and visitors to participate. This rural-tourism initiative will help youth discover where and how our food grows. It will also highlight to new Canadians who have moved to our urban, vibrant city, that they are surrounded by a large source of fresh food. More details about the Agri 150 program and ticket information will be available this fall.

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country. Ottawa 2017 thanks our lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.