Update regarding COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s History has made the following adjustments to the Young Citizens program for 2020:

Students do not need to participate in a local or regional Heritage Fair before participating in Young Citizens. In the registration form, please indicate the name of the Heritage Fair you would have attended this year, if known.

Canada’s History reminds participants to follow all local health regulations and requirements when filming their videos. Given that students will have limited access to museums, subject matter experts, and filming locations, we will adjust this year’s criteria to focus more on the content and research, and less on the production of the film.

Travel may be disrupted in 2020/2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Canada’s History will make all efforts to award an appropriate prize to the final Young Citizens winners, equivalent prize substitutions or deferrals are not guaranteed.

Thank you for your understanding.


  • In order to be considered eligible as a Young Citizen, students must be participating in their local or regional heritage fair, grades 4 through 11 (aged 10 to 18 in July, 2020). Students who are home-schooled are eligible, but must be entered in their local heritage fair (Find your fair).
  • 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.
  • Canada’s History encourages the participation of from minority groups such as francophones living outside of Quebec, anglophones living within Quebec, Inuit, First Nations and Metis, and others reflecting the diversity of Canada.
  • Candidate: Students participating in 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 Practical Guide for Students.
  • 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).
  • 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 Practical Guide for Students.

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 be open from June 11 to July 1, 2020.

A panel of judges will review the videos and the results of the vote and select four recipients.

Prize description

The final Young Citizens will receive a trip for two to Ottawa in the fall of 2020 or winter 2021 (dates to be confirmed). Recipients will receive round trip airfare to Ottawa from the nearest major city. 

Recipients will be contacted by September 30, 2020 and will have 5 days to accept the prize. Should a recipient choose not to accept their prize, no substitutions will be made.