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Canada Day 2021 marks the country’s 154th birthday! July 1st is a very special day for Canadians! It’s a nationwide holiday that brings Canadians together from all over the country to celebrate. People get together and celebrate all the wonderful things this country has to offer. With hopes and dreams of the future, it’s also a day to reflect on what it means to be Canadian.

Why is Canada Day Celebrated on July 1?

On July 1, 1867, the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada (Quebec and Ontario) came together to form the Dominion of Canada. This event is known as the Canadian Confederation and is the reason we celebrate Canada Day. After 1867, other colonies such as British Columbia, Manitoba, and Alberta joined the confederation to become part of Canada. Today, Canada includes ten provinces and three territories.

Canada Day 2021 will be the second year that we celebrate the holiday during the pandemic. Yet, it’s different from last year in many ways. Last year there was confusion and uncertainty about the future. Now, with Canadians getting vaccinated all across the country, we can celebrate Canada Day 2021 with more hope in the air.

However, some other factors have affected how Canadians feel about this year’s celebrations. Canada Day 2021 comes with mixed emotions. While Canadians have many things to celebrate, we have to reflect upon other things. Canada has come a long way since its foundation in 1867, overcoming many challenges. Yet, Canadians still have many things to learn … and unlearn if we want to thrive together in the future. Let’s take a look at how Canada is doing this year.

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Achieving Canada’s Vaccination Goals

Even though Canada got off to a slow start rolling out vaccines in the first few months, we’re doing much better with first-dose vaccination rates. Canada is currently offering vaccines to anyone aged above 12. Of those who are eligible, 70% have already received their first dose. This means that more than 60% of Canadians have already gotten their first dose of the vaccine. Furthermore, almost 10% of eligible Canadians have been fully vaccinated, getting both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We will have received 40 million doses from Pfizer by the end of September. That’s part of the reason why we can say with such confidence that everyone who wants a vaccine in Canada will get one by the end of September”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

PM Justin Trudeau promised that anyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one by the end of September. This goal is within reach as more people get vaccinated. The best way to fight the pandemic is to get a vaccine and create herd immunity.

The great news is that Canada is on track to vaccinate more than 75% of Canadians with first doses, and 20% with second doses before Canada Day 2021. Now, with almost 400,000 vaccines being administered each day, Canada is well on its way to achieving its goals! With more people fully vaccinated, Canada can ease pandemic restrictions, open borders, and welcome newcomers again!

Picture of a face mask with a map of Canada on it.  The mask is on a red background.
More than 75% of Canadians will be vaccinated by Canada Day 2021

Over the past few years and throughout Canada’s history, stereotypes about other groups of people have contributed to racism and other injustices. Canada Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to move forward and focus on mending relationships free of biases that can separate us.

Building an Inclusive Canada

This year, Canada Day can be about truth, reconciliation, and remembrance. It’s important to reflect on recent and historical events and see beyond our differences. In doing so, we continue to make Canada a strong and inclusive country.

There is an ongoing debate about how we celebrate Canada Day in 2021. This is in response to recent events that require reflection. Some believe we should take this year to reflect upon our past and consider how to move together in the future. Others think it would not be appropriate to celebrate given recent events. The common agreement is that Canada Day 2021 should educate Canadians and show everyone who Canadians are supposed to be.

To learn more about Canada’s Aboriginal history, watch this greeting to newcomers from Canada’s First People.

There are Also Many Things to Celebrate for Canada Day 2021!

Canada Day is a way to show your Canadian pride. This year, it’s more important than ever to show the world and everyone around us who Canadians really are. There are many great ways to celebrate Canada Day, even during a pandemic.

From online orchestras to backyard barbeques, Canadians didn’t let the pandemic stop them from celebrating Canada Day last year. And Canada Day 2021 is no exception! Because with the pandemic coming to an end, spirits and hopes are high.

The best way to show your pride is to reflect upon why you chose Canada as your new home and show the world what it means to be a proud Canadian! Happy Canada Day!