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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Parliament of Canada Speech Writing Contest

How are you and your classroom celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation?
We would like to inform you about the Parliament of Canada’s Speakers’ Speech Writing Contest for young Canadians aged 12 to 17 across the country. Through this national contest, students are being asked to mark the latest turning point in Canadian history, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, by writing a speech of their own to answer the question: “What does Parliament mean to you?”
Three finalists will be selected from each age category and, along with a parent or guardian will be flown to Ottawa for two days of special programming in the nation’s capital.
Entry details:
  • Students aged 12 to 14 years can submit a maximum 750 words.
  • Students aged 15 to 17 years can submit a maximum 1,000 words.
  • Six finalists will be selected by a panel at Parliament.
Contest Prize:
  • Finalists win an all-expenses-paid trip to Ottawa in June 2017.
  • While in Ottawa, finalists will meet with the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons and be recognized at a reception at Parliament.
Application deadline is April 21, 2017!
If your classroom or individual students are interested in participating, we encourage visiting the contest page Parliament of Canada - Youth Connection on Facebook for further details.