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Timeline Decades

1955

Minto is born! Originally called Mercury Homes, The Greenberg family launch the real estate construction company in Ottawa.

Minto Founders

Minto Founders (left to right)
Irving, Lorry, Gilbert and Louis

1956

Long distance calling comes to Canada. The first transatlantic telephone cable is laid from Newfoundland to Oban, Scotland.

1957

Minto debuts its new name Minto Construction Limited, and it sticks.

Minto debuts its new name Minto Construction Limited, and it sticks.

1957

Soon-to-be Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson wins Nobel Peace Prize for organizing the world’s first UN Peacekeeping mission.

1959

The first Grammy Awards are held in Beverly Hills, California. Henry Mancini wins Album of the Year.
Ottawa streetcars take their final trip around the tracks on May 1.

1955

Minto's very first Ottawa communities are released: Brook Gardens and Heron Park.

1956

Five communities join the Minto Communities Canada family: Brant, Mayfield, Selkirk, Dundas, and MacArthur.

1957

Minto Communities Canada cuts the ribbon on six new communities: Coronation, Norwood, Exec, Riverview, Admiral, Parkview Gardens.

1958

This year Minto Communities Canada launches five communities: Parkway Park, Rembrandt, Ferndale, Mutual, and Westview Apartments.

Grammy Awards Grammy Awards
1960 1960 1960

1960

In five short years, Minto Communities Canada has built nearly 2000 homes!

In five short years, Minto Communities Canada has built nearly 2000 homes!

1960

The Canadian Bill of Rights is drawn up to protect the human rights of Canadians.

1962

And the award goes to … Minto Communities Canada enters the Canadian Housing Design Council’s competition and wins 2 awards.

And the award goes to … Minto Communities Canada enters the Canadian Housing Design Council’s competition
                                                 and wins 2 awards.

1964

Minto wins again! Two more regional Canadian Housing Design Council awards go on the shelf.

1965

O Canada! The Canadian flag design contest finds a winner and the maple leaf flag we know today is created.

O Canada! The Canadian flag design contest finds a winner and the maple leaf flag
                                                 we know today is created.

1966

Colour! Camera! Action! CBC broadcasts Canada's first colour television program. (A colour TV in 1966 would have been worth over $6,000 today!)

1967

Montreal hosts the Expo ‘67 for Canada’s birthday and the world is invited.

1968

Canada celebrates its first heart transplant and joins the ranks as the 18th heart transplant in the world!

A purple haze settles over Ottawa as Jimi Hendrix plays the Ottawa Capitol Theatre.

1969

We were the first! Minto Communities Canada Horizon House in Parkwood Hills is the first high-rise condo built in Canada.

1969

Canada is officially a bilingual country! Le Canada est officiellement un pays bilingue! NASA takes one giant leap for mankind and lands on the moon!

1960

Parkwood Hills, Skyline, Fisher Heights, Stewart Farm, Hawthorne Meadows open their doors.

1961

Minto Communities Canada unveils Crystal Beach.

1963

Bayshore arrives in Ottawa.

1964

Lakeview and Fairfield Heights are launched.

1965

Bellands and Graham Park open their doors.

1966

Bruce Farm and Heron Gate are launched.

Bruce Farm and Heron Gate are launched on Canada's 100th anniversary.

1968

Briargreen and Beaconwood are released.

Briargreen and Beaconwood are released.

1969

Minto Communities Canada launches Elmridge in Ottawa.

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1973

The RCMP have been proudly serving and protecting Canada for 100 years.

The RCMP have been proudly serving and protecting Canada for 100 years.

1974

Winner! Gagnant! Canada’s first national lottery has a whopping $1million jackpot.

Jackpot! Jackpot!

1976

Canada hosts its first Olympic Games! Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Montreal to open the 21st Summer Olympics.

Canada hosts its first Olympic Games! Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Montreal
                                                 to open the 21st Summer Olympics.

1977

All aboard! VIA Rail Canada leaves the station for the first time and provides convenient transportation for Canadians in 8 provinces.

1970

Tanglewood and Ryan Farm are launched.

1971

3100 Carling and Beaconhill are unveiled.

1972

Navaho and Hillsview communities join the Minto Communities Canada family.

1973

Minto Communities Canada introduces Ambleside I, II, III, 373 Laurier, and Stonehenge.

1974

Glencairn is the latest Minto Communities Canada community.

1975

Britannia is released.

1976

Barrhaven, Bethamy and Lassiter are launched.

1977

Minto Communities Canada releases Almonte, Fairfield, Northridge and Orleans Wood communities.

Minto unveils new home designs. Minto unveils new home designs.

1977

Minto Communities Canada unveils new home designs.

1978

Grab the sunscreen and swim trunks, Minto starts building in South Florida.

Grab the sunscreen and swim trunks, Minto starts building in South Florida.

1978

Grab the sunscreen and swim trunks, Minto starts building in South Florida.

Grab the sunscreen and swim trunks, Minto starts building in South Florida.

1978

Waking up at the crack of dawn and going for a run becomes a passion for Canadians. The government limits import of runners to boost Canadian shoe sales.

1978

Queenswood is the next Minto community to be launched.

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1980

Terry Fox arrives in Ottawa on his Marathon of Hope.

1982

Justice for justice! Bertha Wilson is the first woman on Canada’s Supreme Court.

1983

Next stop: The first sections of the OC Transpo Transitway. Baseline, Iris, Queensway, Lincoln Fields, LeBreton, Lees, and Hurdman stations open.

1984

Even the sky wasn’t the limit for Marc Garneau, Canada’s first astronaut in space.

Space Space

1986

Minto Communities Canada expands to the Big Smoke and builds two high rise buildings in Toronto — Optima on the Park in Scarborough.

Minto expands to the Big Smoke and builds two high rise buildings in Toronto — Optima
                                                 on the Park in Scarborough.

1986

Minto Communities Canada expands to the Big Smoke and builds two high rise buildings in Toronto — Optima on the Park in Scarborough.

Minto expands to the Big Smoke and builds two high rise buildings in Toronto — Optima
                                                 on the Park in Scarborough.

1986

R-R-Roll up the rim to win! Tim Horton’s annual contest shows up on cups across the country for the first time.

1987

Many thought it was crazy that we ditched the $1 bill for a coin — the Loonie is introduced.

1981

Queenswood is the next Minto community to be launched.

1982

Fisher Glen and Bilberry Creek open their doors.

1983

Minto Communities Canada launches Chapel Hill, Aventura, Valley Stream and Cedarwood Village.

1984

Billberry Creek Village, Botanica, Centrepointe are the latest Minto communities.

Billberry Creek Village, Botanica, Centrepointe are the latest Minto communities.

1985

Carlisle is released.

1988

Gardenway is released.

1989

Westpark is the latest Minto community.

You can always go downtown! Minto headquarters and the Minto Suite Hotel is completed in downtown Ottawa. You can always go downtown! Minto headquarters and the Minto Suite Hotel is completed in downtown Ottawa.

1989

You can always go downtown! Minto headquarters and the Minto Suite Hotel is completed in downtown Ottawa.

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1992

Disbanded for 57 years Ottawa’s NHL team The Ottawa Senators makes its triumphant return to the city.

Disbanded for 53 years Ottawa’s NHL team The Ottawa Senators makes its triumphant
                                                 return to the city.

1994

Ottawa promises to keep on rockin’ in the free world with the inception of Bluesfest. No Repechage needed. The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival launches with huge success and doesn’t look back.

Guitar Guitar

1998

A legend in the making, Minto is the first inductee into the Ottawa-Carleton Home Builders' Association Hall of Fame.

1998

A legend in the making, Minto is the first inductee into the Ottawa-Carleton Home Builders' Association Hall of Fame.

1998

The Ottawa Ice Storm of 1998 is called one of Canada's worst natural disasters in history.

1999

Welcome to the family, eh! Nunavut becomes Canada’s third territory.

1992

Cedargrove and Emerald Meadows launch with great success.

1993

Upper Hunt Club joins Minto Communities Canada.

1994

Minto Communities Canada cuts the ribbon on Radcliffe and Chapman Mills.

1996

Lisgar Station, Gables at Beacon Hill and Granmercy Place are launched.

1998

Craig Henry and Morgan's Grant are introduced.

2000 2000 2000

2000

Minto receives the Outstanding Philanthropic Regional Corporation Award from the Ottawa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

2000

Minto receives the Outstanding Philanthropic Regional Corporation Award from the Ottawa Chapter of the Association of undraising Professionals

2001

Ottawa is growing! Barrhaven, Kanata, Manotick, Nepean and Orléans are incorporated into Ottawa. Ottawa lays down some serious track and the O-Train makes its first trip on January 1!

2001

Minto celebrates the completion of the Minto Dream Home as part of the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery. Minto has built this grand prize home annually ever since.

Minto celebrates the completion of the Minto Dream Home as part of the CHEO Dream
                                                 of a Lifetime Lottery. Minto has built this grand prize home annually ever since.

2001

Minto celebrates the completion of the Minto Dream Home as part of the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery. Minto has built this grand prize home annually ever since.

Minto celebrates the completion of the Minto Dream Home as part of the CHEO Dream
                                                 of a Lifetime Lottery. Minto has built this grand prize home annually ever since.

2002

The Ottawa Tulip Festival, the largest in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Ottawa Tulip Festival, the largest in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2003

Wedding bells are ringing! Same-sex marriage is legalized in Ontario. We struggled to find ways to pass the time during the Northeast Blackout of 2003.

2004

The Metropole stands tall as Minto’s tallest residential high rise in Ottawa.

2004

The Metropole stands tall as Minto’s tallest residential high rise in Ottawa.

2004

Congratulations Mr. Greenberg! Minto chairman and CEO, Roger Greenberg, named Ottawa Business Journal’s CEO of the Year.

Congratulations Mr Greenberg! Minto chairman and CEO, Roger Greenberg, named Ottawa
                                                 Business Journal’s CEO of the Year.

2004

Congratulations Mr Greenberg! Minto chairman and CEO, Roger Greenberg, named Ottawa Business Journal’s CEO of the Year.

Congratulations Mr Greenberg! Minto chairman and CEO, Roger Greenberg, named Ottawa
                                                 Business Journal’s CEO of the Year.

2005

Half a century worth of great homes! Minto turns 50!

2005

Half a century’s worth of great homes! Minto turns 50!

2005

The new Ottawa War Museum opens its doors in celebration of its 125th anniversary.

2008

3 billion viewers tune in as Vancouver hosts the 21st Olympic Winter Games.

2000

Almonte, Belleview, and Avalon are ushered in with the new millennium.

2001

Island Park West is launched.

2002

Centralla in Hunt Club and Appleford Village join the Minto family.

2004

Quarry Ridge is released.

2006

Minto Communities Canada unveils Spectra.

2007

Centro is the latest Minto Ottawa community.

Minto's first Net Zero demonstration home opens,'Inspiration' is one of the greenest
                                     homes in Canada!

2008

Minto's first Net Zero demonstration home opens,'Inspiration' is one of the greenest homes in Canada!

2010 2010 2010

2012

Minto is living green! 2,224 Minto Ottawa homes are ENERGY STAR® qualified.

2012

Minto is living green! 2,224 Minto Ottawa homes are ENERGY STAR® qualified.

2014

The 160,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Minto Recreation Complex opens its doors in Barrhaven.

The 160,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Minto Recreation Complex opens its doors in
                                                 Barrhaven.

2014

The 160,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Minto Recreation Complex opens its doors in Barrhaven.

The 160,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Minto Recreation Complex opens its doors in
                                                 Barrhaven.

2014

Ottawa perfects its touchdown dance with the REDBLACKS. The CFL team plays their first season.

2014

Avalon Encore is released. A new stage of Avalon is built on the west side of Tenth Line Road.

2014

Avalon Encore is released. A new stage of Avalon is built on the west side of Tenth Line Road.

2014

The Minto Dream Home is a sprawling masterpiece in Mahogany in partnership with CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery.

The Minto Dream Home is a sprawling masterpiece in Mahogany in partnership with CHEO
                                                 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery.

2014

The Minto Dream Home is a sprawling masterpiece in Mahogany in partnership with CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery.

The Minto Dream Home is a sprawling masterpiece in Mahogany in partnership with CHEO
                                                 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery.

2015

Minto Communities Canada opens the Killarney show home, certified Net-Zero.

2015

Minto Communities Canada opens the Killarney show home, certified Net Zero.

2010

Ampersand, Butternut Creek, TrailsEdge are launched.

2011

Klondike Crossing and Quarry Glen join the Minto family.

2012

Minto Communities Canada unveils six communities this year: Armstrong, Morris Village, Arcadia, Lansdowne, Mahogany, and UpperWest.

2013

Minto Beechwood is launched for sale.

2014

Avalon Encore is released.

2015

Quinn's Pointe opens on April 25 in celebration of Minto's 60th anniversary.

2016

Minto Communities Canada launches Potter's Key on Sept 17.

Minto unveils Net-Zero Energy Townhomes in Arcadia.

2016

Minto unveils Net-Zero Energy Townhomes in Arcadia.

2017

Minto is a proud sponsor of Ottawa 2017 celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

2017

Minto is a proud sponsor of Ottawa 2017 celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

2017

A year to remember! Ottawa celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

2018

Here’s to the next 60 years!
Minto Communities unveils its new
look and feel, and updated logo.

The Minto Dream Home is a sprawling masterpiece in Mahogany in partnership with CHEO
                                                 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery.

2017

Harmony launches on June 3 and sells out within minutes.

2018

Riversbend at Harmony, near the Jock River in Barrhaven, launches June 23.

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