Sault Ste. Marie Will Be at the Heart of the Celebrations


Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, today is pleased to announce $2,130 from the Celebrate Canada program and $60,000 from the Community Life program in support of the Centre francophone de Sault-Sainte-Marie. Sheehan made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

“Celebrate Canada will permit us to grow the Saint-Jean-Baptiste much larger. We plan on having an annual celebration. This year, our Saint-Jean-Baptiste will be taking place at the Sault Locks. The $60,000 will permit the Centre francophone de Sault-Sainte-Marie to remain active for the next two years. We plan on organising activities for francophones and francophiles in order to share our culture and develop a sense of belonging to our minority community here in Sault Ste. Marie. The Francophone Center of Sault-Saint-Marie is very much looking forward to plan activities for our community. Thank you Terry for being involved. We very much appreciate it!” said, – Emilie Poliquin, President, Centre francophone de Sault-Sainte-Marie

Taking place from June 21 to July 1, the Celebrate Canada program will feature festivities across the country to mark National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day: Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day. The Government of Canada has funded more than 1500 projects and activities throughout the country under the Celebrate Canada program, allowing our communities to be front and centre for the Canada 150 celebrations.

The Community Life program aims to support local francophone communities through local organizations. This exciting period will provide an opportunity to highlight the unique, diverse and dynamic nature of the communities that shape our country’s identity.

“I am pleased to make this announcement today, as we are leading up to Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on Saturday, June 24th. Canada 150 is an opportunity for all Canadians to come together in their community and celebrate what makes our country unique, diverse and vibrant. Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is a time to recognize the significant contributions of French Canadians and celebrate our linguistic heritage in the Riding of Sault Ste. Marie and across the country! Joyeuse Saint-Jean-Baptiste!” said, -Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

“Canada 150 presents a unique opportunity to bring communities together to celebrate what it means to be Canadian. Events will be taking place from coast to coast to coast, culminating in Canada Day. Bring friends and family to take part in the festivities during this exceptional year!” said  The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage