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2016 News and Information

Richmond plans year-long birthday bash for Canada 150

March 15, 2016

Spectacular tall ships, a Canada Day street festival and a new Harvest Festival will be among the year-long celebrations planned by the City of Richmond to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

“Canada’s 150th anniversary is a unique opportunity to celebrate our national pride and build some lasting community legacies, while having plenty of fun all year long,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We’re planning a series of great events our whole community can enjoy and we’re inviting guests from across the region and around the world to join us.”

Based on extensive public consultation and clearly defined set of criteria, events are being planned in all four seasons to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial. Richmond’s Canada 150 celebrations will build on the City’s existing calendar of acclaimed major events, while adding some once-in-a-lifetime celebrations and the launch of some new annual events.

Popular annual events such as the Children’s Arts Festival, Ships to Shore Steveston, Richmond Maritime Festival and Richmond World Festival will return and be enhanced and/or expanded for 2017.

RWF2015 Matt & KimIn 2017, Ships to Shore will see visits to Steveston by a variety of Canadian and international tall ships along with other unique vessels in both May and July. A highlight will be a visit in May by Japan’s spectacular Kaiwo Maru, one of the largest tall ships in the world.

New events for 2017 will include:

  • Canada Day Street Festival in Steveston Village;
  •  Wooden Boat Festival;
  •  Pioneer Luncheon, honouring long-term Richmond residents;
  •  Music in the Plaza,  a series of outdoor concerts on the City Hall and  Richmond  Cultural Centre plazas; and
  •  Harvest Festival, celebrating Richmond’s agricultural heritage.

A number of major civic infrastructure and public art projects are expected to be opened or unveiled in 2017, providing commemorative legacies of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

An additional report will be brought forward to consider a Community Celebration Funding Program, which would provide assistance to community groups in organizing their own Canada 150 events and activities.

Total new funding required for the Canada 150 program is $1.2 million. An additional $1.525 million was previously approved by Council to fund the recurring annual events and programs that will be part of Canada 150.

The Canada 150 plan was approved  by Richmond City Council at its March 14 meeting. A full copy of the report can be found at:  http://www.richmond.ca/agendafiles/Open_GP_3-7-2016.pdf