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Canada Day

CANADA DAY FACTS

  • On July 1st, 2014, Canada celebrates its 147th birthday.
  • The NCC has been organizing Canada Day in Canada’s Capital Region, in collaboration with Canadian Heritage, since 1984.
  • Each year, more than 500 volunteers lend a hand to the NCC on Canada Day. For the second year, the NCC’s Canada Day Volunteer Program is proudly supported by Manulife Financial.
  • According to a 2011 survey, more than 510,000 participants took part in the festivities organized at the official sites in the Capital Region. The survey also revealed that 40% of the attendees were visitors from outside of the Capital Region.
  • Canada Day 2011 related spending generated a total of $222 million of economic activity in Ontario and Quebec - $93 million within Canada’s Capital Region.
  • Every year, close to 425 artists from across Canada are invited to perform in the Capital Region on July 1st

PARLIAMENT HILL: BY THE NUMBERS

  • Size of the stage: 44 m x 15 m (145 ft x 50 ft)
  • Sheets of plywood for the stage: 500
  • Weight of the steel used to build the stage: 175 tons approx.
  • Number of lighting fixtures: over 300
  • Watts of sound for crowd PA: 250,000 Watts
  • Watts of sound on stage for production/artists: 24,000 Watts
  • Copper cable lengths: over 5 km
  • Fibre/data cable lengths: over 1 km
  • Manual connection points (electrical, data, control, etc.): over 11,000 Page 6 of 6
  • Video: over 2, 400,000 video pixels spanning 150 square meters of surface
  • Radio frequencies: 40 channels for performers plus 30 channels for communications (not including broadcasters and walkie-talkies)
  • Production communication channels: 56 intercom stations (not including broadcasters)
  • People working on-site for the production (not including artists): 200

The National Capital Commission is proud to organize the Canada Day celebrations in Canada’s Capital Region with the support of Canadian Heritage and its national sponsor, Chicken Farmers of Canada, official sponsors, Loblaws Group of Companies -President's Choice®, Manulife FinancialTM, and other sponsors such as GoodLife Fitness, McDonalds, Lego Canada and VIA Rail Canada and others.

The NCC also wishes to thank the following partners: Canadian Heritage, Government of the Republic of Korea, Canadian Forces, Canadian Space Agency, Scientists in Schools, Parks Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, House of Commons, CBC / Radio-Canada, Rouge FM network, City of Ottawa, Ville de Gatineau, Ottawa Police Service, Services de police de la Ville de Gatineau, OC Transpo, Société de transport de l’Outaouais, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Ringette Canada, Katökh synthetic ice rinks, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Commonwealth Games Canada, (Canadian Museum of Nature, in collaboration with Students on Ice, Habitat Seven and Michelle Valberg and National Film Board of Canada).

Public Information

For more information on the Canada Day celebrations in Canada’s Capital Region, and access to Canada Day official sites for people with limited mobility, the public can contact the NCC at 613-239-5000 or 1-800-465-1867, TTY: 613-239-5090 or 1-866-661-3530, stop by the Capital Information Kiosk located in the World Exchange Plaza at 111 Albert Street, or visit www.canadaday.gc.ca.

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