What does home mean to you?

National Writing Contest for Grades 4, 5 and 6

Coming January 3 to February 18, 2022

Important Dates

Teacher sign-up starts October 2021
Contest opens January 3, 2022
Contest closes February 18, 2022
Judging period February 20 - April 30, 2022
Winners announced May - June 2022


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Grand Prize

$30,000 Grant + iPad + Pizza Party

Runner Up

$10,000 Grant + Tablet + Pizza Party

All Entries

All entries result in a $10 donation to a local Habitat

 Habitat for Humanity Canada Student Writing Contest

Thank you for supporting Habitat for Humanity Canada through the Meaning of Home contest.

Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada are invited to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them. It’s a great way for students to engage in an interactive and fun way, and it teaches youth the importance of safe, affordable housing.

Meet the 2021 Winners

Read the illustrated storybook of Jake’s poem!



Grade 6
grand prize winner

Kara is the Grade 6 grand prize winner, from Orangeville, Ontario. Her grant goes to Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin.



Grade 5
grand prize winner

Jake is the Grade 5 grand prize winner, from Montréal, Quebec. His grant goes to Habitat for Humanity Quebec.



Grade 4 

grand prize winner

Annika is the Grade 4 grand prize winner, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her grant goes to Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.

Our Sponsors

Founding Sponsor

Sagen - Meaning of Home Student Contest Sponsor

Award Sponsors

Chapman’s - Meaning of Home Student Contest Sponsor Urban Systems Foundation - Meaning of Home Student Contest Sponsor Home Trust

One of my students who didn’t know she was a writer can now confidently say she is. She was a runner-up in the 2020 contest and was able to direct money to a Habitat for Humanity project in our community. This contest is one of a kind and changes so many lives.



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The more entries we receive, the more money is raised for families in need!