The Heritage Fairs Program (formerly Historica Fairs) is a multimedia learning initiative developed to increase public awareness of, and interest in, Canadian history.The goal of the program is to offer students the opportunity to explore the many aspects of their Canadian heritage in a dynamic learning environment and to present the results of their efforts in an exhibition.Students can use the medium of their choice to tell stories and share information about Canadian places, heroes, legends, milestones, and achievements.

The Hertigage Fair is designed to bring students, schools, and community members together in a celebration of Canada’s unique culture and heritage.Heritage Fairs operate on three different levels:

  1. SCHOOL SHOWCASES – held in schools and run by in-school staff.
  2. REGIONAL FAIRS – run in April or May by school boards or cultural organizations; displays outstanding student work selected from school showcases (for students in grades 3-8 in Durham Region).
  3. PROVINCIAL FAIRS – run by Ontario Heritage Fairs Association in conjunction with local committees and held in May or June; displays exemplary work selected from regional fairs.

We thank you for getting involved in this process at the school showcase level.Your participation in this program will allow your students to join over 200 000 young people in 1000 communities across Canada in a celebration of Canada and their Canadian heritage.Please read over the materials in this information package, share sections of it with participating teachers, and keep it on hand to refer to when necessary.