Skip to main content

Meaning of Home Contest

The 12th annual Meaning of Home contest (January 6, 2020 to February 21, 2020), invites Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay (English or French) explaining what home means to them. There is no cost to enter. Since 2007, over 58,000 students have shared what home means to them. Thanks to their inspiring words, and the support of our generous sponsors, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1.5 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing. The Habitat for Humanity Canada Meaning of Home contest is a great way to:

• Encourage independent and critical thought
• Promote creative writing
• Increase awareness around social issues
• Promote community involvement

Contest timeline

January 6, 2020 Entry phase, contest opens for submissions
February 21, 2020 Contest closes
February 22 to April 30, 2020 Judging phase, judging of all entries
May 2020 Public announcement of contest winners


$30,000 grand prize winners (one from each grade; three total) $30,000 grant to be directed to a local Habitat build.
$10,000 Runners-up (three from each grade; nine total) Three contest runners-up per grade will receive a $10,000
grant towards a local Habitat build project.

In addition to the $30,000 grants, the contest grand prize winners will also receive an iPad and a pizza party for their class. Runners-up will each receive an electronic tablet and a class pizza party, in addition to the $10,000 grants. PLUS, for every entry $10 will be donated to their local Habitat!

Sign up on between October 9, 2019 and February 21, 2020 to receive contest information, download teacher and parent toolkits and receive important updates.