Commemorate Canada

Special notice

New funding application deadline: October 1, 2023

New guidelines are in effect. Please be sure to read these guidelines when preparing your application. You can find the new guidelines in the right-hand column, under Guides and help.

A new application form is available, please contact us for a copy.

The Commemorate Canada program provides funding to initiatives that commemorate and celebrate historical figures, places, events and accomplishments of national significance.

Who can apply

Eligible funding recipients under Commemorate Canada include the following:

  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations such as corporations, trusts, cooperatives or unincorporated associations
  • Canadian for-profit organizations (partnerships, trusts, joint ventures, etc.) whose proposed projects are non-commercial in nature
  • Canadian public education establishments
  • Canadian provincial/territorial, municipal governments and their institutions

Federal departments, their institutions and portfolio agencies as well as private individuals and political parties cannot apply for funding.

Eligibility requirements

Eligible projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be conceived and take place in Canada
  • relate to an anniversary of national significance
  • highlight a 25th, 50th, 75th, 100th or subsequent anniversary in 25-year increments
  • include an educational component
  • be national in scope
  • be free and accessible to the public

The following projects are not eligible for funding under Commemorate Canada:

  • projects taking place abroad or that are local in scope
  • commemorations of living individuals
  • fairs and festivals
  • major infrastructure projects
  • lobbying activities
  • activities designed for fundraising purposes or that generate commercial advantage or profit or that are part of the ongoing operations of the applicant

Application deadline

October 1, 2023

It is recommended to submit the application at least 6 months before the start of the project.

How to apply

Read the Application Guidelines in their entirety before completing your application.

Contact Commemorate Canada to request an application package.

Contact us

Commemorate Canada
Department of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy St
Suite 100
Gatineau QC  J8X 2B5

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (ET).

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