Tools, tips and resources

Resources and ideas to help universities in their plans for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

Logos and toolkits

Branding materials

Logos for the promotion of Canada 150 events

The Canada 150 Federal Secretariat is offering branding material for your 150th anniversary-related events. Guidelines for a multitude of formats and channels are proposed.

Apply now for the use of the Canada 150 logo

Check out the Canada 150 online boutique for promotional items with Canada 150 logos that could be co-branded with your institution’s logo.

More information and guidelines: Janis Hass, senior communications specialist


Several partner organizations are sharing resources to help host events in 2017.

To discover them, check out the following web links:


Ideas on how to bring communities to your campus

  • Several universities are considering hosting an on-campus citizenship ceremony to welcome new Canadians and their families to the country and community. If you are interested in hosting a citizenship ceremony on your campus, information can be found on the Immigration and Citizenship
  • The University of New Brunswick is launching 150th anniversary celebrations with an on-campus “I pledge” event where community members are invited to commit to making Canada a better place.
  • York University is hosting the 2017 Ontario Provincial Heritage Fair, an annual celebration of Canadian history. Students and teachers from all over Ontario will showcase posters on various topics of Canadian history for peers, special guests and the general public.

Ideas on how to include reconciliation in your plans

  • As part of its Canada 150 initiatives, Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, is inaugurating the first Chair in Indigenous Spirituality and Reconciliation in Canada. In the Cree language, oskâpêwis refers to an Elder’s helper or servant, one who brokers relationships; the Chair is to be oskâpêwis between Indigenous traditions and the academic community.
  • OCAD University is celebrating Canada’s 150th by hosting an Indigenous art exhibit at its professional gallery. Entitled Raise a flag: works from the Aboriginal Art Collection, the exhibit will be curated by the institution’s Delaney Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture in consultation/collaboration with the Aboriginal Art Centre.
  • Western University’s McIntosh Gallery is presenting the photo-based installation Battlefields of My Ancestors. The exhibit explores locations of historic battlefields which hold significance to the Mohawks and honours the First Nations troops who fought during WWI.

Ideas to include the arts in your plans

  • Thanks to a grant from the Canada 150 Fund and the family donation of the artist’s studio, Mount Allison University is developing education and community outreach programs on the life and work of Alex Colville, one of Canada’s best-known artists and former student and faculty member at the university.
  • In celebration of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – in collaboration with the McCord Museum, McGill University, Concordia University and the City of Montreal – is presenting La Balade pour la Paix, un musée à ciel ouvert, a public art exhibition.
  • The University of Toronto is hosting Canada 150: Music and Belonging, a conference which will include papers, plenary sessions, special guest speakers, and performances from Canadian musical scholarly societies.

Partnership opportunities


Created by Community Foundations of Canada, the 150 Alliance promotes action, engagement and impact around Canada’s 150th by building a database of organizations and projects in Canada. If you are looking for partners or ideas, check out its database of participating organizations and their projects across Canada

More information: 150Alliance

Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is offering universities the opportunity to highlight their STEAM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) academic programs and innovations through public programming and a speakers’ series it will be organizing in 2017.

More information: Contact Tobias Keogh

Government of Canada’s funded Canada 150 projects

If you are still looking for partners or ideas for your own sesquicentennial celebration, check out the Government of Canada’s funded Canada 150.

More information: Signature initiatives as well as community projects

Innovation 150

Innovation 150 invites universities across Canada to share the people, places and innovations that have already transformed our country, or shine a spotlight on current innovators who’ll be celebrated 150 years from now.

More information: Innovation 150

Institute for Canadian Citizenship

The Institute can assist you in hosting a citizenship or reaffirmation ceremony in 2017.

More information: Institute for Canadian Citizenship or contact Mandy Joseph

Quantum exhibit

Quantum – an interactive sesquicentennial exhibition on the wonders of quantum research, information technology, and science and technology – will be stopping in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Calgary, Halifax and Ottawa in 2017.

More information: Quantum and contact Angela Olano to suggest a science and innovation speaker or to leverage one of your campus events as a complementary activity to the tour.

Reconciliation Canada

As part of their Canada 150 Signature Project, Reconciliation Canada is launching an online survey to engage Canadians in the reconciliation process and help shape its programming moving forward. Contribute by adding voices from your campus to the national conversation on reconciliation. They are also offering Reconciliation Learning Experiences, outreach activities or eloquent and inspiring speakers that could be invited to one of your events.

More information: Reconciliation Canada 

Red Couch Tour

Encourage your students to share their stories about what Canada means to them. The Red Couch Tour will be collecting 150 testimonials in 2017 and is seeking sites for their emblematic couch, as well as collaborators for the production of a documentary about the making of the project.

More information: Red Couch Tour


SESQUI is an immersive mobile dome experience that will tour Canada in 2017, to showcase Canadian culture and innovation through 360° cinematic experience, interactive content, live events, online activities and education programs. Contact SESQUI to become a partner.

More information: SESQUI

Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Art Express’d project will travel throughout Canada to engage communities in collaborative art-making and educational activities where Canadians will explore their vision of Canada and their place within it.

More information: To learn more or to be a host on their summer 2017 tour, connect with Judy Slivinski.

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