City approves Canada Day party budget

Whitehorse City Council voted unanimously Monday to accept a $140,000 grant from the federal government to plan a big party next Canada Day for the country’s 150th birthday.

Whitehorse City Council voted unanimously Monday to accept a $140,000 grant from the federal government to plan a big party next Canada Day for the country’s 150th birthday.

The one-time grant comes from the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. It will be part of the $176,000 budgeted for the festivities.

The remaining money will be raised from sponsors, council heard.

Details of what’s planned are vague at this point. Staff have been waiting to have the money officially approved.

“The city applied for a grant to expand the Family First Night at the Canada Games Centre to a signature event at Shipyards Park featuring local and Canadian talent and public activities,” according to a report from city administration.

Whatever happens will be bigger than the average Canada Day celebrations in Whitehorse. Last year’s party cost about $8,000, according to the city.

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