A Great Challenge for Young Canadians!

News Release

Take the 2017 Canada Day Challenge for your chance to win a VIP trip to Parliament Hill to take part in celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation

November 15, 2016 – Gatineau – Department of Canadian Heritage

Created 30 years ago, the Canada Day Challenge is an annual contest that gives young Canadians aged 8 to 18 the chance to share their unique vision of our country. This activity gives young people the chance to express their creativity in one of three categories:

  • Draw it! Submit a poster, drawing or painting.
  • Snap it! Submit an original digital photograph.
  • Write it! Submit a short story, poem or essay.

Three winners will be chosen at the end of the contest. They will each receive an unforgettable VIP trip to Ottawa with a parent or legal guardian, all expenses paid, to take part in celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation on Parliament Hill. Their entries will also be featured on official posters for Canada Day celebrations in 2017. Once again this year, the winners will get the chance to work with a team from the National Film Board and produce an individual short film to share their experience in Canada’s Capital Region.

In addition to the Canada Day Challenge, Historica Canada is holding a contest for aspiring young filmmakers: Here’s My Canada. Visit heresmycanada.ca for more information.

Canadian Heritage wants to thank the official sponsors of the Canada Day Challenge: the National Film Board, Parks Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Encounters with Canada, the Trans Canada Trail, Canada Post, the Canadian Museum of History and the Royal Canadian Mint.

To find out more about the contest and entry rules, or for other educational resources, visit the Canada Day Challenge website at www.canada.ca/canada-day-challenge.


“In 2017, Canadians will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is the perfect opportunity for young people to express their creativity through the 30th Canada Day Challenge. They are invited to celebrate the future by capturing our country’s culture and heritage in drawings, photographs and the written word. I invite young people all across Canada to demonstrate their talent with this contest, which is sure to be a unique creative experience for them once again this year.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick Facts

  • Young people are invited to celebrate the future in their entries.
  • It is possible to submit an entry in each of the three categories.
  • It is possible to submit up to five photographs in the Snap it! category.
  • Entries will be accepted from January 3 to March 31, 2017.
  • The names of the finalists will be revealed in spring 2017.
  • The winning entries will be presented at the Canadian Museum of History from June to September 2017 as part of a special summer exhibit.

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Celebrate Canada

Canada 150

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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