Create your Canada Contest

What is the Create your Canada Contest?

Create Your Canada is an online contest that invites students who are enrolled in Grade 11 or 12 classes at a school in the riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford to brainstorm ideas and propose federal bills that they feel will make a better Canada.

We will select two winners with the best ideas, which will then be drafted into an actual piece of legislation called a Private Member’s Bill. MP Alistair MacGregor will then arrange to fly the winners to Ottawa so that they can watch from the House of Commons’ gallery as he formally introduces their bill for First Reading.

Alistair will also give the winners a personal tour of Parliament, including the Parliamentary Chamber, Sir John A. MacDonald’s first office, the Library of Parliament, and more.  We will work to arrange photos and meetings with some of the notable people of Parliament.

This is a great way for students to learn about their government, participate in our democracy, practice social awareness, and, most importantly, make a difference.

Students can enter either individually or as a team of two.

What is this year’s deadline?

The deadline for this contest is April 30, 2018

Resources for teachers:

The PDF document below helps teachers in a variety of subject areas with ideas on how to incorporate the Create Your Canada contest into their planned curriculum.

The House of Commons’ website offers a wealth of information on how to write a Private Member's Bill and the whole process a bill goes through from initial drafting to passage into law.

https://www.ourcommons.ca/About/Guides/PrivateMembersBusiness-e.html

https://www.ourcommons.ca/MarleauMontpetit/DocumentViewer.aspx?DocId=1001&Sec=Ch16&Seq=6&Language=E

Submission Document for Students:

Below is the submission document for the contest. Please review and complete the document (electronically, if possible) and submit the completed document by emailing it to alistair.macgregor.c1a@parl.gc.ca with the subject "Create Your Canada Submission."