Feds kick in $200k for 150th anniversary celebrations

In a press release today, the City of New Westminster announced it has received a $200,000 grant from the federal government towards the city’s planned 150th anniversary celebrations this year. The money will offset the $374,000 budget council approved earlier this year to plan and promote the events.

In the media release, 150th Celebrations Task Force Chair Rick Page is quoted saying, “We’ve been told that we received the maximum grant available under this program. That’s entirely appropriate given our status as the oldest city in Western Canada and the first capital of British Columbia – we’ve got a lot to celebrate in New Westminster.”

You can see the official list of planned 150th anniversary events at newwest150.ca. We have also included them in our regularly updated New Westminster and area event calendar. Highlights include a heritage fashion show, a community picnic on City Hall’s front lawn, and a trolley tour of New West.