See the below information from Habitat for Humanity:

The Meaning of Home contest, which runs from January 7, 2019 to February 18, 2019, invites Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay explaining what home means to them for a chance to direct $25,000 grant to a local Habitat for Humanity build of their choice. Since 2007, over 50,000 students have participated in the Meaning of Home contest. Thanks to their inspiring words, and Genworth Canada’s generous support, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

The Meaning of Home contest offers a unique and meaningful way to get your child involved in the creative writing process. The goal is to teach children about the importance of giving back to the community and foster their active participation as world citizens.


October 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019 Sign-up to receive more information and contest updates


January 7, 2019 Contest opens for submissions


February 18, 2019 Contest closes


February 19 – March 28, 2019 Judging of all entries


April 2019 Winners are announced


Each grade will have a grand prize winner and three runners-up for a total of 12 prizes.

Grand Prize Winner (three total, one per grade) – $25,000

Each grade winner of the Meaning of Home contest will receive a $25,000 grant to direct to a local Habitat build of their choice. Additional prizes include an iPad and class pizza party.

3 Runner-up Prizes (nine total, three per grade) – $5,000

Three contest runners-up per grade will each receive a $5,000 grant towards a Habitat build project of their choice. Additional prizes include an electronic tablet and class pizza party.

And $10 per essay will be generously donated by the contest’s founding sponsor, Genworth Canada to your local Habitat for Humanity for every contest entry submitted from within their region!

That means that your child’s participation is helping Canadian families access safe, decent and affordable homes that they pay for with a no down payment, interest-free affordable mortgage.

While the contest is free to enter, if you would like to match the $10 donation to Habitat as a result of your child’s essay entry, you can do so by visiting from October 29, 2018 to February 18, 2019.  All donations go back to your local Habitat to help them build more homes for more families in our community.

What’s inside your kit:

Now that you have signed up, you can download the digital parent toolkit found on, or simply click on the links below to download the materials.  We’ve provided everything you need to get your child involved in the Meaning of Home contest. This digital tool kit includes:

We are very thankful for your child’s participation in the Meaning of Home contest. To access submission forms (online and mail), contest rules or to submit your child’s entry, visit

Many thanks for your support!