Ontario Wraps Up 150th Year with Legacy of Community Engagement
Published on : Friday, December 29, 2017
Community engagement was at the heart of Ontario’s 150th anniversary celebrations, with more than 2,000 events and initiatives that built pride, celebrated inclusivity, promoted innovation and opportunity and boosted local economies.
Throughout 2017, the province supported 698 community groups, municipalities, Indigenous communities and other organizations in marking the 150th anniversary, generating unique social, economic or cultural impacts and legacies. Highlights include:
- Ontario hosted the third Invictus Games which featured more than 550 competitors from 17 nations competing in 12 adaptive sports. The Games were the largest to date and generated $42.2 million in economic impact for local communities. Thousands of spectators cheered on competitors, packing into sold-out events such as wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and the closing ceremony.
- Though three community grant programs, Ontario supported 648 organizations in marking the milestone year by investing in celebration, youth and infrastructure programs meaningful to local communities.
- The ONtour Concert Series stopped in 24 communities across the province, showcasing the province’s talent, creativity and diversity by featuring 63 Ontario-based musical artists and entertaining more than 112,000 music-lovers of all ages.
- SESQUI, with its innovative 360° film, HORIZON, generated more than $15M in economic impact in Ontario through its seven-community cinematic dome tour and its additional tour to another five communities. The project also created other legacies, such as new expertise in Ontario’s immersive media sector, and innovations in filmmaking.
Engaging communities and boosting economic activity are part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
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