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Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

Click here to read about our 150 fund grantees
Click here to read about our 150 fund grantees


We see Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 as an important moment in our country’s and our city’s, history and future. It’s an opportunity, not only to celebrate together, but to reach across divides and build new connections. To weave together thousands of local stories to build a new narrative of our country and its peoples. And to imagine what’s next, together. 


Through this nation-wide initiative led by Community Foundations of Canada, Toronto Foundation has made grants of more than $300,000 to community organizations across Toronto running special sesquicentennial programming.


This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Toronto FoundationCommunity Foundations of Canada (CFC), the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

This grant stream is now closed.


Thank you to everyone that made this initiative possible!

Our generous supporters

Chairman’s Circle

  • John and Jocelyn Barford Family Foundation
  • Bertram Family Fund
  • Calamor Fund
  • Duboc Family Foundation
  • Mr. John Francis
  • Griggs Family Foundation
  • Mr. Richard Peddie and Mrs. Colleen Peddie
  • Townsend Family Foundation

President’s Circle

  • Mr. Ian L. T. Clarke and Mrs. Donna Clarke
  • Bill Morneau and Nancy McCain Foundation
  • John and Amanda Sherrington Fund


  • Altair Fund
  • Ms. Neala Barton and Mr. Mike Feenstra
  • Mr. and Mrs. S. Michael Brooks
  • Ms. Sarah Chiddy and Mr. CJ Chiddy
  • Mr. Edward Greenspon
  • Mr. John Alexander Houston
  • The Susan, Sarah and Nicolas Latremoille Fund
  • Mr. William A. MacKinnon
  • Ms. Rosalyn J. Morrison
  • Mr. André Perey
  • Ms. Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
  • Ms. Lola Rasminsky
  • Waitzer Family Fund
  • Mr. Greg A. Wilkinson and Mrs. Margaret Wilkinson
  • Anonymous (1)


Grant Selection Committee

Sue Griggs, Committee Chair
Leadership Coach, The Coaching Project Inc.; Toronto Foundation Board Member; Fundholder
Devon Ostrom
Lead Curator, Co-Founder, Friends of the Pan Am Path
Michael Barford
Toronto Foundation Fundholder
Richard Peddie
Vice-Chair, Toronto Foundation Board; Fundholder
Kizzy Bedeau
Director, Community Partnerships Office, George Brown College
Ariel Smith
Executive Director, imagineNative
Thomas Darnay
Vice President of Finance and Administration, Indspire
Natalie Townsend
Managing Partner, NorthRock Capital Partners; Toronto Foundation Board Member; Fundholder
Ige Egal
Executive Director, Toronto Inner City Rugby Foundation; Past Vital People recipient
Corina Weigl
Partner, Fasken Martineau
Susan Latremoille
Director, Wealth Management, Wealth Advisor, Latremoille Group, Richardson GMP; Toronto Foundation Fundholder
Jesse Wente
Director of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox