Whitehorse plans mega birthday bash for Canada’s 150th

The City of Whitehorse is being offered $140,000 to amp up its Canada Day celebrations next year.

The City of Whitehorse is being offered $140,000 to amp up its Canada Day celebrations next year.

The one-time grant comes from the federal Department of Canadian Heritage to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

If city council approves a budget amendment next week, the new cash will be used expand the city’s usual Family First Night in 2017. The total budget for events next year is $176,000, recreation manager Linda Rapp told council Monday. Any money not coming from the federal government will be raised through sponsors, she said.

That’s a sizable budget bump compared to this year’s Canada Day festivities. Those cost about $8,000, according to the city.

Specific details of what Canada Day 2017 might look like haven’t been released yet. A city spokesperson said the event is still in the planning stages, until the money is 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.

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