Light a Candle for Canada is a community-led fundraising campaign aimed at raising money to create lasting local legacies in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Edmontonians are invited to “light” symbolic candles by making a charitable donation to support the development of 3 Canada 150 legacy projects in the community. These legacy projects are gifts from the community, for the community – and will include cultural, social and capital projects that will be enjoyed for many years.
The projects funded through this campaign are:
Canada 150 Mosaic Mural
A mosaic mural will be produced with tiles painted by Edmontonians of all ages and abilities, which will be fashioned together in a unique mural created by local artists. A bison image was selected to honour Edmonton’s indigenous past and provide an opportunity to incorporate the theme of reconciliation. This mural is part of the Canada 150 Mosaic project, a national initiative that will see murals created in 150 communities across the country.
Canada 150 Tree Planting
Help to grow the urban forest canopy! Community volunteers will work with the City to plant trees in the fall of 2017, including Canada 150 commemorative trees. And having commemorative maple trees as part of our urban forest is a very fitting gift for Canada 150! Park sites and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Paint the Rails
The Paint the Rails project will turn Edmonton’s LRT stations into works of art that express the histories of Canada and Edmonton. This initiative will bring a diverse range of artists together from different cultural backgrounds to collaborate on a project that transforms and beautifies our spaces while increasing awareness on reconciliation and history. Paint the Rails project partners include Edmonton Transit, local artists, Treaty 6, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, and Edmonton Heritage Council.
How to Donate
There are 2 easy ways to donate:
- Online: Donate online using a credit card or PayPal.
- By mail: Print off the donation form and mailing it in in with your cheque or money order.
Although we appreciate all donations, only those mail-in donations of $20* or more will be issued a charitable tax receipt. City of Edmonton charitable tax receipts are typically issued and mailed out to donors in February following the year in which the donation was received.
*Online donations of $3 or more will be issued an electronic charitable tax receipt at the time of donation.
Donations shall be assigned to Edmonton's Canada 150 Project to the extent reasonably feasible, however, the City of Edmonton cannot guarantee the donation will be used solely for that purpose and may direct, at its discretion, donated funds to other City events, projects or programs that are of benefit to the public.
Canada 150 Celebration Committee
The City of Edmonton Canada 150 Celebration Committee was formed with volunteers from 14 local community organizations and representatives from each of the City’s departments. The Light a Candle for Canada campaign was created by the Celebration Committee’s Fund Development Sub-Committee. The project is sponsored by the Citizen Services Department.