What is the Speakers’ Speech Writing Contest?

To commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons are hosting a speech writing competition for Canadians aged 12 to 17.

Contest closes April 21, 2017.


How do I Enter?

  • Write a speech on the subject of "What does Parliament mean to you?"
    • Maximum 750 words if you are 12 to 14 years old
    • Maximum 1000 words if you are 15 to 17 years old
  • Enter online by April 21, 2017.

Am I Eligible?

  • The contest is open to Canadians aged 12 to 17.

How will the Winners be selected?

  • Six (6) finalists will be selected by a panel at Parliament. We thank all participants, but only those selected will be notified.

What do I Win?

  • Finalists will 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.

Please complete all the required fields below. The information provided is intended for the sole purpose of contacting selected finalists.

Note: Any characters over the word limit for your age category will not be reflected in your submission.

  • One entry per person.
  • Open to Canadians between the ages of 12 and 17 (Applicants must be no younger than 12 and no older than 17 at the time of submission).
  • Entries must be submitted in either English or French.
  • Written submissions must be new, original work, with a focus on Parliament.
  • All entries will be judged on originality and style, including grammar and spelling.
  • Enter by April 21, 2017.
  • Only the selected finalists will be contacted.
  • Finalists must be accompanied to Ottawa by a parent or guardian.

If you do not receive a confirmation following your submission, please contact us at [email protected].