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Burlington Celebrating 150+ Anniversary in 2023

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*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Jan. 26, 2023 — This year marks Burlington’s 150th anniversary. The journey to Burlington’s sesquicentennial anniversary began in 1873 when the villages of Wellington Square and Port Nelson merged to become the Village of Burlington. The Village of Burlington became the Town of Burlington in 1914 and the City of Burlington in 1974.

Throughout the year, some events or programs will have added features to help commemorate the anniversary and will be marked with a new identifier for the occasion. More information on those events or programs will be shared when details are ready.

Burlington 150 Identifier

To help mark the occasion, a graphic identifier has been designed to highlight events and opportunities for residents to celebrate Burlington’s anniversary. The identifier was designed to capture the complexity and beauty of the land and the people.

  • The plus symbol is in recognition of the Indigenous history of the land that goes beyond 150 years. We honour the diverse Indigenous peoples that have lived in this area and we acknowledge that Burlington is on Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
  • The identifier uses four shapes and colours to represent Burlington:
    • Green represents nature and the land;
    • Yellow symbolizes unity and our multi-cultural community;
    • Light blue symbolizes freedom as we continue to live in peace and harmony; and
    • Orange represents commitment to Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation.

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“Burlington has come a long way over the past 150 years, from a quaint little village in 1873 to a bustling, multicultural metropolitan gem in 2023. Throughout the year, I encourage our community to learn more about Burlington’s history and find unique ways to commemorate this important anniversary. Stay tuned for more news from the City on how we plan to mark the special occasion. Let’s come together as we celebrate this key milestone for our community.” — Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

“Throughout the year, some of our events and programming will have added features or be boosted to make them extra special for Burlington’s 150. As we get closer to each event, we will share those details and how everyone can get involved. We recognize this is an opportunity to acknowledge the Indigenous history of the land, people and culture, which extends well beyond 150 years. As a City, this is another intentional action for Truth and Reconciliation.” — Emilie Cote, Acting Director of Recreation, Community & Culture

Quick Facts:

  • Burlington is located on Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
  • Burlington became a city in 1974.

Burlington’s heritage can be found:

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