CBC/Radio-Canada names Community Foundations of Canada and the 150Alliance as official partners for 2017

(OTTAWA, ON) June 28, 2016 – A new set of partnerships involving CBC/Radio-Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the 150Alliance was announced today as part of a collaborative effort to highlight stories about Canadians and their communities for the country’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

As an Official Partner of Community Foundations of Canada and its network of 191 community foundations, CBC/Radio-Canada will leverage the deep local roots of community foundations to showcase the stories and impact of their work, including initiatives being funded through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

CBC/Radio-Canada will also be an Official Partner of the 150Alliance, an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most out of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. CBC/Radio-Canada will tap into the 150Alliance’s national network to highlight the diverse array of events and activities taking place in every province and territory for Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The partnerships build upon a long-standing relationship between Canada’s public broadcaster and community foundations, which began with the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conference series and have continued through engagement in the 150Alliance.

“2017 is an important milestone in the history of our country,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “CBC/Radio-Canada will be the place for Canadians to connect and to share stories about who we are and where we are headed as a nation. Our partnership with Community Foundations of Canada will support the public broadcaster’s commitment to strengthening our connection to communities across the country.”

“Canada’s 150th is an historic moment with the power to strengthen our communities and our connection to each other. We’re thrilled to partner with Canada’s public broadcaster to help showcase activity taking place in our communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada. “Through our movement of 191 community foundations and our growing national 150Alliance network, there’s no shortage of stories and impact to share with Canadians as we look to 2017 as a catalyst for community development in the years ahead.”

These partnerships are a part of CBC/Radio-Canada’s broader strategy around 2017 which includes special programming and online engagement, plus dynamic public events with 150Alliance member SESQUI, an immersive media touring festival that will travel across the country next year.

About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play. The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and delivered locally by Canada’s community foundations. Learn more at www.communityfoundations.ca

About 150Alliance

The 150Alliance is an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Incubated by Community Foundations of Canada, the 150Alliance is the national hub for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, with over 800 members and growing. Learn more or join today at www.150alliance.ca

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For more information contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302
E: dvenn@communityfoundations.ca

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