Orazietti Announces $60,000 to Highlight Group of Seven Artists


Sault Ste. Marie – The Ontario government is funding a program which highlights the Group of Seven Artists and will help the artistic and cultural community in Sault Ste. Marie and area, announced David Orazietti, MPP.

“The Group of Seven has a unique connection with our region and with this funding we can help to educate people and build a greater appreciation for these uniquely Canadian artists,” said Orazietti. “This program will help to strengthen and grow our artistic and cultural community and promote artistic tourism opportunities in Sault Ste. Marie and across the Algoma region.”

The $60,000 in funding will go toward providing training for organizations and tourism operators across the Algoma region by creating training modules which highlight the Group of Seven and their connection with the Algoma region.

“This multifaceted Group of Seven product development and training program will truly help to put Algoma Country on the map for the cultural traveller, while increasing the capacity of all participants in the training sessions that will be undertaken through the duration of the program and into the future,” said Carol Caputo, Executive Director of Ontario’s Algoma Country. “On behalf of the Board of Directors’ of Algoma Country,  the members of our collaborative group, Lori Johnston/Wawa, Dean Main/Terrace Bay, Ian McMillian/Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and David MacLachlan/Tourism Northern Ontario, we thank you.”



  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation.
  • Over $110 million is awarded annually by the foundation to 1,300 nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Provincial investments through the Ontario Trillium Foundation in Sault Ste. Marie, since 2003, total over $7 million and include organizations such as:

  • $250,000 Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
  • $173,000 Sault Youth Association
  • $  98,700 Community Living Algoma
  • $  90,000 Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District
  • $  77,300 Soo Pee Wee Association
  • $  70,000 Kiwanis Community Theatre
  • $  75,000 Sault Ste. Marie Skate Park
  • $  75 000 Passport to Unity Multicultural Festival
  • $  68,500 Learning Disabilities Association Sault Ste. Marie
  • $  67,500 Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
  • $  61,700 Musical Comedy Guild of Sault Ste. Marie
  • $  60,000 Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Association
  • $  60,000 Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club
  • $  60,000 Ken Brown Recovery Home
  • $  50,000 Tarentorus Sports Club
  • $  53,000 United Way of Sault Ste. Marie
  • $  41,700 Big Brothers Big Sisters Association
  • $  30,000 Searchmont Ski Runners
  • $  30,000 Family YMCA Sault Ste. Marie
  • $  27,600 Echoes Drum Festival Sault Ste. Marie
  • $  15,000 St. Marys River Marine Heritage Centre

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. www.otf.ca