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UW scaling back on Canada Day celebrations

The announcement comes in leau of unsustainable costs and decreasing student engagement
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The University of Waterloo has announced that it will be scaling back celebrations for Canada Day this year.

The cost of putting together the event, plus the yearly decrease in student engagement has made the Canada day celebrations unsustainable to host for the University of Waterloo.

Vice-president of University Relations, Sandra Banks, said last year's celebration brought in 50,000 to 60,000 people to the campus, and it may be too early to predict if the scale-backs will affect this year's attendance.

"We will be looking to put on the same level of excitement in terms of the fireworks, as people have experienced in past years, but it may be too early to try to predict what would be the attendance numbers for 2019. The cost to deliver that kind of an entertainment event has grown significantly to the point that we don't believe that is something we can sustain going forward."

Banks said that is because of the increasing dollar cost of hosting the event, as well as a decrease in student engagement.

"We will host a fireworks celebration on campus this year. We would also like to start a discussion with students about how and where they can be more connected and engaged to the community of Waterloo moving forward."

The University of Waterloo has successfully hosted the Canada Day event for the city for over 30 years.


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