Feds unveil Canada 150 Fund in Burnaby

The federal government is doling out money for events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Last Thursday, federal Heritage Minister Shelly Glover announced the new Canada 150 Fund at the Burnaby Village Museum.

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"From coast to coast to coast, Canadians of all ages and backgrounds will have a unique opportunity to celebrate our great nation and give something back to Canada," Glover said in a media release.

The fund, which was announced in the 2015 federal budget, totals $210 million over four years. The Burnaby Village Museum announcement also included the unveiling of a logo for the fund. The idea behind the Canada 150 Fund is to promote "Canadian values, culture and history, generate national pride and bring citizens together to celebrate Canada 150," according to an emailed response from the government, following the NOW's request for an interview.

Groups eligible for funding include Canadian nonprofi ts, corporations, cooperatives, schools and municipal governments. The government is looking for applications for the first round of projects, which it's calling signature initiatives, and the deadline to apply is May 29. Signatures initiatives are defined as high impact, national projects aimed at bringing Canadians closer together while highlighting the 150th Confederation anniversary. When asked for an example of a typical project the Canada 150 Fund would cover, Charles Cardinal, a media relations staffer, pointed to Rendez-vous Naval 2017, a tall ships regatta planned for 2017 in Quebec. Following the signature initiatives, money will also be available for community-based projects

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