Rules and Regulations

The Government of Canada History Awards competition are presented by the Government of Canada and Canada’s National History Society. The Government of Canada is providing funding for the organization of the awards and will present the awards directly to the selected winners. Canada’s History will oversee the development of the awards program including the application and review process. By submitting a project for consideration teachers agree to the rules and regulations as presented below.


The Government of Canada History Awards for Teachers are open to all residents of Canada currently certified as a teacher in Canada. Teachers may submit more than one project for consideration but will only be eligible for one prize. The award consists of up to 30 prizes of $2,000 each – Up to $60,000 in award money.

How to Enter

All projects must be submitted by no later than the end date. Teachers will submit their best project or create an original project for a high school level history or social studies course certified by their province. Submitted projects will be published to help all teachers mark important commemorations and milestones.

The project submission should consist of no more than 10 pages in total length including:

  • A description of the project for teachers explaining reasons behind the creation of the project and information they would need to complete it with their students. (maximum 2 pages)
  • A handout which would be provided to students for the project outlining the work to be done (maximum 4 pages)
  • An assessment rubric or explanation of how the project will be assessed (maximum 2 pages)
  • A bibliography with resources and reference needed to complete the work. (maximum 2 page)

In addition to the submission package, teachers are asked to submit two examples of exceptional student work if they are available. Entries must be submitted online. Entries emailed or mailed will not be accepted. Hand written projects will also not be accepted.

Projects submitted must be the original unpublished work by the teacher (and students) specific to this competition. Projects may not have been previously submitted or published for any other contest or award. Group submissions will be accepted but prize money will be equally divided between the respective teachers.

2016 Themes

The project submitted should be a summative assessment for a unit related to the selected themes. The 2016 themes highlight several important anniversaries including the 175th anniversary of the elections of Robert Baldwin and Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine, architects of responsible government, the 100th anniversaries of the Battles of Somme and Beaumont-Hamel, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong, and the Centennial of Women's Suffrage.

Teachers should submit projects that reflect one of the three broad official 2016 award program themes:

  • French-English Relations
  • Canada in the Twentieth Century
  • Topics in Aboriginal History


Projects should be submitted by word document or pdf in standard 8.5 by 11 inches paper size and portrait format, and 1” margins (top, bottom, sides). Please use a regular business font (Times New Roman or Arial) at 12 point size. Cover pages are not required.

Judging and Review Criteria

A shortlist of all participants will be selected by an independent panel of members of the education community. Winners will be selected by an independent panel of five judges. The judges’ decision is final. Projects will be evaluated by the judging panel along four main criteria:

  • Historical Thinking: Does the task promote historical thinking and literacy such as evaluating sources, using historical evidence to support an argument, tackle issues of significance, causation, continuity and change, and historical perspective taking.
  • Student Interest: Does the task motivate students to learn about Canadian History?
  • Innovation: Is the project innovative and creative? Does it approach the topic in an interesting or unique way?
  • Rubric: Is the rubric clearly articulated and suitable to the task? Does it evaluate student’s historical thinking skills?


The number of awards presented is dependent on participation. The award consists of up to 30 prizes of $2,000 each – Up to $60,000 in award money.

One recipient will be selected for every 10 submissions received to a maximum of 30 award winners. If more than 300 submissions are received a maximum of 30 winners will still be selected. At least one recipient will be selected from each province or territory from which a minimum 10 entries are received.

Terms and Conditions

The prize is nonnegotiable and non-transferable. By entering the award program, teachers agree that any information sent to Canada’s History becomes the property of Canada's National History Society to publish online or in Canada’s History magazine at their discretion and, should they win, a photo may be posted and/or published. Recipients agree to participate in public announcements of their award both in their community and nationally.

Employees of Canada's History Society, Kayak Magazine, Canada’s History Magazine, and their partners, or their representatives, agents, or family members, are not eligible. Subject to all applicable laws. Void where prohibited.

By accepting a prize, winners agree to grant the Government of Canada and Canada’s History the right to use their names, photographs, city/province of residence, biographical information, statements, voice, and likeness for promotional purposes relating the competition in any media or format, now and in the future without a time limit, and without compensation or notification. Entries not complying with these Official Rules may be disqualified.

For further questions or comments regarding this contest please contact Canada’s History Society at 515 Portage Avenue, Bryce Hall Main Floor, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9; at; or by telephone at 1-866-952-3444, x 221.