"For the 150th year since Confederation, Canada Post expanded its storytelling role by issuing 10 stamps – in the shape of a maple leaf for the first time in their history."
The Canada 150 issue celebrates 10 of our country’s most transformative moments. These special stamps recreate the events that united us, moved us forward and made us proud to be Canadian. Casting our eyes back on the past 50 years since our centennial in 1967, Canada Post selected 10 truly iconic milestones and accomplishments from a wealth of social progress, innovation and other significant achievements that have positioned us as a vibrant and successful nation on the world stage.
There is no question that we Canadians have so much to celebrate for Canada 150. We are a model of tolerance and diversity to the world - a fact reflected in some of the 10 chosen topics. We showed ourselves to be a nation poised for progress during our 100th anniversary, and over the past five decades, we have proved ourselves as builders, creators and inventors, constantly meeting the challenge to be the very best. We have succeeded and achieved greatness in science, sports, leadership and much more. That excellence, that achievement, is an integral part of this stamp issue.
We want to share this Canada 150 celebration with you - not just through these 10 magnificent maple leaf-shaped stamps - but through the stories behind them, the unveilings where we came together with Canadians across this land - and together we rose, lumps in our collective throats, so proud of what we’ve accomplished and empowered to take on the challenges of the future.
"World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 complex was the star attraction at Canada’s hugely successful World’s Fair in Montréal."
For many Canadians, the highlight of Canada’s centennial was one of the best global gatherings of the 20th century – Expo 67.
The six-month event transformed Montréal and dazzled the world. Canada – then a nation of only 20 million people – attracted more than 50 million people to the city and to spectacular pavilions created by 62 countries. Visitors included some of the most notable figures of the day: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Grace of Monaco and Bing Crosby among them.
“It was an extraordinary cultural event, an economic success, a technological event in world history and a moment of great optimism in Canada,” Habitat 67 architect Moshe Safdie said at the stamp’s unveiling at Habitat 67 on April 27, 2017 – 50 years to the day after Expo 67 opened. “I would like to convey to you the extent to which people felt there is a better world to come and we can make a difference.”
A photograph of Habitat 67 graces the stamp. The housing complex still reflects the futuristic architecture of Expo 67 and its theme, Man and His World. The modular design was inspired by, as Safdie put it, the principle of “for everyone, a garden.” It conjured up a future with urban housing on a more human scale. Safdie’s creation quickly became the talk of the architectural world and helped launch his renowned global career.
Fifty years later, the legacy of Expo 67 endures in Montréal – and in the personal and collective memories of that moment when Canada hosted and wowed the world.