RULES & CRITERIA

Choosing the student

  • Eligibility: In order to be considered eligible as a Young Citizen, students must first participate in their local or regional heritage fair, grades 4 through 11 (aged 10 to 16 in July, 2017). Students who are home-schooled are eligible, but must participate by first entering in their local heritage fair (Find your fair).
  • Number of placements: The number of Young Citizen placements available to each fair may vary from year to year, and is based on participation and regional representation. Young Citizens are chosen for their communication skills and leadership qualities. IMPORTANT - team or partner videos will not be considered for the Young Citizens program - the video must have been produced by one candidate. 
  • Permissions and Media Releases: A parent or guardian must sign the Student Permission and Media Release form in order for the student to be eligible to participate. If permission is not granted according to the terms outlined in the form, the provincial coordinator must choose another student for the Young Citizen position.
  • Selection: The Provincial or Territorial Coordinator is responsible for choosing the Young Citizens representatives for their province or territory in an equitable manner. As part of the selection process, Canada’s History encourages the Provincial or Territorial Coordinator and/or their committees to take into consideration minority groups such as francophones living outside of Quebec, anglophones living within Quebec, First Nations and Metis, and others reflecting the diversity of Canada.
  • Candidate: The student who is chosen for the Young Citizens program should:
    1. be able to create and present their project at a quality and calibre worthy of a national broadcast.
    2. have the qualities to be a good ambassador for their town, city or region.
    3. be enthusiastic and passionate about their research as well as their project and want to share it with the public.
    4. have the ability to communicate their ideas and overcome shyness or embarrassment in front of the public and on camera.
    5. produce their video in one of the two official languages. Productions in other languages will be considered still eligible as long as there is subtitling in one of the two official languages.

Producing the video

  • The video should be produced in accordance with the rules and criteria established by Canada's History (for ideas on how to create the best video possible, read the Participant Guidelines.
  • Copyrighted Materials: When using music, sound effects, images or other similar material you must receive permissions from the rights holders and provide a copy of the permission with your submission. Any video discovered to be using copyrighted materials without permission will be immediately removed from the website and considered ineligible for this year’s competition. If a student requests permission but does not get a response this should not be taken as a sign of consent and the material should not appear in the video.
  • Fees for Copyrighted Materials: Canada’s History will not reimburse students for fees paid to acquire copyright permissions. A student who pays for material in the making of his/her video will not have an advantage over other entries where all materials were copyright free.
  • Duration: The length of the video must be between three and four minutes. Points will be deducted for every 10 seconds over or under the time allowed (between 3 and 4 minutes).
  • * To mark Canada's 150th birthday, we would like you to use the last 30 seconds of your video to tell us why your topic is important to Canada's history and why is it still relevant in 2017? 
  • Inappropriate Content: Offensive or defamatory content will render the video ineligible and will be removed from the site.
  • Video Editing: While students are encouraged to ask for help in how to use the tools for video editing, they are expected to edit the video themselves. Relying on a third-party to edit their video will render the video ineligible and will be removed from the site.
  • Uploading Video:  For information on uploading your video, please see the Participant Guidelines.

Choosing the winning videos

After each Young Citizen has submitted their video, a public vote will be held. To vote for a video, people can click the “vote” button on a Young Citizen's profile page. They will need to supply a valid email address to vote. Only one vote per email address is allowed during the duration of the voting period. The number of votes a video receives will not be displayed on the website.

Voting will open on June 12 and continue until July 7, 2017.

The 13 students with the highest number of votes will be selected. A panel of judges will determine the remaining 13 recipients based on the program rubric. There will be a total of 26 Young Citizens finalists.

Prize description

The final Young Citizens* will receive a trip to Ottawa for a student-oriented Canada’s History Youth Forum in the fall of 2017 (dates to be confirmed). Recipients will receive round trip airfare to Ottawa from the nearest major city. All accommodations, meals, and activities are included. Recipients will travel with a chaperone as selected by Canada’s History and the student’s regional or provincial heritage fair society. Travel will be organized by EF Educational Tours, a leading provider in student travel. Recipients must travel on the dates selected by Canada’s History and cannot make any changes to their flight times or dates. No extension of stay will be permitted.

Anyone who wishes to accompany their child/student to Ottawa will do so at their own expense. Canada’s History will not be responsible for organizing any travel, accommodation or activities for anyone other than the student recipients. If any parent/teacher plans to travel to Ottawa, they should note that the itinerary of their child/student during this time period will be full and parents/teachers may not be allowed to accompany them to any organized activities.

Recipients will be contacted by August 31, 2017 and will have 5 days to accept the prize. Should a recipient choose not to accept their prize, no substitutions will be made.

*Subject to confirmation of funding, two recipients per participating province / territory will be selected to attend the Canada’s History Youth Forum in 2017.

Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.