Ramping up the Canada Day celebration

The District of Houston wants to ramp up the Canada Day celebration this year, and has applied for a $10,000 grant to do so.

The District of Houston wants to ramp up the Canada Day celebration this year.

The District is hoping for twice the support to make the celebration bigger, and has applied for $10,000 from the Government of Canada for the event.

“When I first moved here in 2009, [Canada Day] fell on the middle of the week, and we had a phenomenal Canada Day,” said Houston Chief Administrative Officer Michael Glavin.

“We had music in the park, we had food vendors and all sorts of games and I’d like to see that come back.”

Glavin says they’re expecting bigger attendance compared to the past few years because the holiday falls on a Wednesday rather then a weekend.

“More residents will be around,” he said.

Council wants a bigger event partly in light of the challenges the community has faced with the closure of Houston Forest Products, Glavin said in his report.

This year, the day also marks the 50th anniversary of the Canada flag.

For the past four years, the District has gotten $1,200 from the Government for the event, and paid an average of $4,580 from the District budget.

Director of Leisure Services Ryan Coltura says they will likely get between $2,000 and $5,000 from the Government, and they may ask local companies for support as well.

He is getting a group of volunteers together to plan the event for Wednesday, July 1.