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  • January 05, 2017

Ontario's 150th Anniversary

Brant celebrates anniversary by focusing on youth and Indigenous initiatives

Ontario is turning 150 years old in 2017. Significant grants will be given to deserving non-profit organizations in Brant for Ontario’s sesquicentennial anniversary. The grants will go to teen pregnancy programs and Indigenous leadership development programs in Brant.

The organization Contact Brant will receive $100,000 for a program called Parker’s Porch: Engaging Youth in Formative Evaluation of Maternity Needs. This project will empower 100 low income youth from diverse backgrounds to lead and participate in a youth maternity care needs assessment process.

The Niagara Peninsula Area Aboriginal Management Board (NPAAMB) will receive $79,594 to empower Aboriginal youth. The NPAAMB Youth Governance Leadership Strategy will engage 10 youth on a Youth Advisory Body which will be based on traditional Indigenous nomination processes and governance structures.

MPP Dave Levac celebrates these grants as part of the 150 Youth Partnership Programs. This program supports collaborative projects that foster new partnerships and innovative ways to engage and empower youth. Recognizing that youth are tomorrow’s leaders, their engagement and empowerment is critical to support the economic and social future of Brant communities.

"The best way to celebrate the past is to look forward to the future. I know these grants will help our youth. We are looking ahead to the next 150 years in Ontario and the youth in Brant will be our leaders. Let’s invest in them now!" said MPP Dave Levac about this important funding.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will be providing up $5 million for partnership programs to help foster the next generation of Ontario leaders. The core goal of this program is to provide funding to communities and organizations across Ontario to focussing on youth by supporting young artists, promoting diversity and inclusion, environmental stewardship, supporting youth entrepreneurship, promoting active and healthy living, and youth civic engagement.

Provincially-supported events will be taking place across Ontario in 2017. Some of the initiatives include:

  • year-long celebrations in Ottawa
  • the Invictus Games, an international multi-sport event in Toronto for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans
  • the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize, a series of events focusing on youth and our future
  • the touring SESQUI media experience that showcases the best in Canadian arts and innovation
  • the Toronto Global Forum, a way to develop and promote our economy

 For more information, please contact Esther Gibbs, Communications Advisor at 416-325-7435.

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