About

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;

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Programs

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

September 9 2019 - November 17 2019

Vimy Pilgrimage Award Application Period :

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award, sponsored by Scotiabank, is for Canadian students who want to learn more about their nation’s history where it happened.

Young Canadians, aged 14-17, who demonstrate outstanding community service through volunteer work are eligible to apply. Scheduled April 2-10, 2020, this is a fully-funded immersive educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort.

Apply now!

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October 25 2019 - November 11 2019

The Great War in Colour – Toronto Zoo :

From October 25th to November 11th, our travelling exhibit The Great War in Colour: A New Look at Canada’s First World War Efforts – 1914–1918 will be on display at the Toronto Zoo. The exhibition will be free with Zoo admission. Past and present Canadian military personnel will benefit from a 50% discount on Zoo admission for themselves and up to 6 guests.

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Learn

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.