The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country. The mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

The Foundation carries out its mission by:

• spreading awareness through its educational programs, both domestic and overseas;

• spreading awareness through distributing souvenir items such as Vimy pins and Pilgrimage medals;

• spreading awareness through promoting greater recognition of April 9th as Vimy Day;

• spreading awareness through planning events for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle in 2017.

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At the Vimy Foundation we are dedicated to creating opportunities for young Canadians to learn about our First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge nearly 100 years ago.

That’s why we develop education programs to send youth from across the country to visit battlegrounds and memorials in France and Belgium and why we are spearheading the building of the new Education Centre at the site of the Vimy Memorial in France.

Upcoming Events

May 26 2016

The Grande Soirée Vimy 2016 | Montreal :


The Vimy Foundation invites you to attend the Grande Soirée Vimy 2016. The fourth edition of the Grande Soirée Vimy will be hosted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which has helped this important fundraiser become a fixture of the Montreal social calendar. (Click here for photos from the Grande Soirée Vimy 2015.) Proceeds from the event will go towards funding youth education programs such as the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize and the Vimy Pilgrimage Award.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion
1379 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
Thursday May 26, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Individual tickets : $300

Honorary Co-Chairs of the Grande Soirée Vimy 2016

Mr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano
​President and CEO, VIA Rail Canada

Mr. Paul Tellier
Corporate Director. Former CEO of CN, Bombardier

To secure your place at this event to remember, please purchase your tickets below. If you are interested in sponsorship of this event, please download our sponsorship guide here.


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Vimy 100

The Vimy Foundation is leading the charge to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – the First World War battle that paved the way to an Allied victory, and solidified Canada as a sovereign nation. We are spearheading a featured project, together with the government of Canada: the design and construction of the new Vimy Visitor Education Centre in France, which will open on the 100th anniversary of this important battle, on April 9, 2017.

The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country.


The message of Vimy Ridge is one of bravery and sacrifice. The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917, is commonly highlighted as a turning point in Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.