Participate in the Canada Day Challenge

Celebrate your future!

Youth are invited to draw a picture, take a photo, or write a short story, a poem or an essay. Youth can decide which category works best for them, or they can also submit entries in each of the three categories. Each entry must be submitted separately.

We are looking for entries that celebrate Canada’s culture and identity, illustrate young Canadians’ vision of the future, and reflects their exploration and participation in their community.

What will you contribute to the future? What part will you play to lead the world?

Eligibility details

To submit an entry, participants must be aged 8 to 18 years old. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada or legally allowed residents in the country at the time of the Challenge are eligible.

The Challenge is not open to an employee or member of the immediate family of an employee or persons living under the same roof as an employee of Canadian Heritage. Entries must comply with these official rules.

Application deadline

The 2017 Canada Day Challenge will start accepting entries on January 3, 2017 and will close on March 31, 2017.

What you need before you start

Participants must make sure to read through the contest rules and regulations before submitting their entries, as there are specific requirements for each category.

There are the three categories: Write it! Snap it! and Draw it!

How to submit an entry

Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Entries in the Snap it! and Write it! categories may be submitted electronically using the online entry form. Fill in the entry form with the required information and submit ensuring your entry is attached.

Entries in the Draw it!, Snap it! and Write it! categories may also be submitted in person or by mail to one of the Canadian Heritage Regional Offices across Canada by using the PDF entry form.

Note that the PDF and online forms will become available on January 3, 2017.

Privacy notice statement

Collection and use of personal information by Canadian Heritage is in accordance with the federal Privacy Act. Under the Privacy Act, participants have the right to access their personal information and request changes to incorrect information. Participants may contact the Privacy Coordinator to access their personal information or to notify PCH about incorrect information.
The collection and use of personal information for the challenge is authorized by sub. 4(1) of the Department of Canadian Heritage Act, and is required for your participation.
Canadian Heritage will use your personal information for the purposes of determining contest eligibility and any follow-up regarding the challenge. The personal information collected for all entries submitted under this Challenge will be retained for five (5) years in the personal information bank Canadian Heritage PCH PPU 027.

Statement and permission

By submitting your entry to this challenge, you state that:

  • the entry is your own original work;
  • you own all the rights in the entry including copyright; and
  • you have sought the consent to include the image or personal information of anyone who appears in your entry, or the consent of their parent/guardian if they are minors;

By entering this challenge, you grant Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, a free of charge, non-exclusive permission to use, reproduce, adapt, perform, translate, modify, publish and make your entry public in any media (including the Internet and social media), throughout the world, for purposes of operating, advertising and promoting the current and future challenges.

Contact us

Please contact the local Canadian Heritage Regional Offices in your area. General inquiries may also be emailed to PCH.defi-challenge.PCH@canada.ca.

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