Canada 150!  What is Canada Day, and why is this year so special?

Posted by Prepare for Canada on Jun 29, 2017 5:33:37 PM


As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, there are some amazing events happening throughout the country.  July 1st is always a big day for Canadians and this year is going to be the biggest Canada Day yet!

So, what is Canada Day all about?

On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982.

July 1st became the holiday called Dominion Day, officially established in 1879, but it wasn't observed by many Canadians, who considered themselves to be British citizens. Dominion Day started to catch on when the 50th anniversary of the confederation rolled around in 1917.  The 100th anniversary in 1967 saw the growth of the spirit of Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations really began to take off. Although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day (Fête du Canada), the new name wasn't formally adopted until October of 1982.

If you are looking for some great ways to celebrate Canada 150, it doesn’t matter if you are in Ontario, Alberta or  British Columbia. There will be some fireworks and other great events in your neighbourhood to look forward to.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Canada Day this year remember to join us at the upcoming Settling in Canada Online Fairs.  You’ll learn all about the careers and government funded training programs that are available to newcomers just like you.

You can choose from three fairs:

Settling In BC, Canada: July 26th-27th

Settling In Alberta, Canada: August 17th-18th

Settling In Ontario, Canada: August 29-30th

Happy Canada Day!

Topics: After You Arrive, Before You Arrive, Canada150

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