Rules & Regulations

The Citizenship Challenge Official Contest Rules & Regulations

1. The Contest Period

The “Citizenship Challenge” contest (the “Contest”) is run by Historica Canada of Toronto ON, also referred to as “HC” (the “Contest Sponsor and Administrator”) in conjunction with the principal sponsor, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Ottawa ON). Contest entries will be accepted online from February 1, 2016 at 12:00:01 AM (ET) to January 31, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time) (the “Contest Period”).

2. Contest Group Entities

For the purposes of this Contest, the Contest Organizer is Historica Canada (Toronto, ON), together with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Ottawa ON) and any participating affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, suppliers of materials and services related to the Contest, the contest website and any other corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity directly involved in the Contest are collectively, the “Contest Group Entities”.

3. Eligibility

Participation is open to all individual Canadians residing in these provinces and territories in Canada at the time of contest entry: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Group participation is open to full-time and part-time Public and Private School teachers in Canada who teach Grades 7 to 12 (Secondary I to V in Quebec) and ESL, as well as group leaders or coordinators in charge of youth (aged 12-18) through an authorized and certified organization or association (i.e. camp association, museum groups, Scouts Canada, Girl Guides or Cadets), as of September 1, 2016. All groups are eligible to enter their group in the Contest.

Current and former employees of the Contest Group Entities, their affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, service providers, consulting teachers, prize sponsors, Contest judges, their immediate family members and those domiciled with them are not eligible to enter.

4. How to Enter

Individual students participating in the Citizenship Challenge may enter by creating a profile and answering the Canadian Citizenship quiz online.

For each entry, the quiz must be completed as indicated on the website. Quizzes not completed in this manner will be disqualified. There is a limit of one contest entry per person; duplicate entries, incomplete entries, and entries with falsified information will be disqualified. The decision to disqualify any entry is at the sole discretion of the Contest Sponsor and Administrator, and will occur without notice or communication to the entrant. The disqualification decision is final and not subject to review.

In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized holder of the email address at the time of entry. For these purposes, the “authorized holder” is the natural person who is assigned to the submitted email address by an Internet access or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

All entries must be received no later than January 31, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time). Late entries will be disqualified. There is no fee to enter this contest, and no purchase is necessary.

5. To Qualify for the Prizes

A. Participants aged 12-18 (grades 7 to 12, or Secondary I to V in Quebec) as of September 1, 2016 must correctly answer all 20 quiz questions (a score of 100%) of their Citizenship quiz to be entered into the two (2) draws for a Grand Prize Trip to Ottawa.

B. Participants aged 12-18 (grades 7 to 12, or Secondary I to V in Quebec) as of September 1, 2016 must answer at least 75% of their Citizenship quiz questions correctly (15 out of the 20 questions) to be entered into the Great Canadian Prizes draws. Adult participants (over 18 years old) who answer at least 75% of their Citizenship quiz questions correctly are entered to win from a different set of prizes.

C. The Grand Prize winner will be the eligible school classroom or group with the highest cumulative average score on the quiz from all the eligible students in that classroom who entered the contest, and completed and submitted their quizzes by the contest closing. In the event of a tie between more than one classroom, the tie will be broken first by the number of students who answered 100% of the questions correctly, and then by standard deviation.

Prize Draws will take place in early February, 2017 by the Contest Administrator, at the offices of Historica Canada. There is a limit of one (1) prize per winner. Participants in the Contest cannot win the same prize more than once. Former Grand Prize winners are no longer eligible for the same price. Past participants cannot win the same prize more than one time. Past recipients of the Classroom or Student Grand Prize are ineligible for the same prize in subsequent years.

6. The Prizes

A. Grand Prize Trip: There will be two (2) Grand Prize Trips to Ottawa awarded, each with the approximate retail value of $5,000.00 CAD. Each travel prize consists of a chaperoned 3-day and 2-night “Citizenship” trip for one (1) student to Ottawa, including air flights (coach class), rail (coach class) or other ground transportation (mode of transportation depends upon the distance and location of the winner’s residence), hotel accommodation in downtown Ottawa, and ground transportation to and from the airport or train station and hotel in Ottawa as required. The following meals will be included: lunch and dinner on the first day, all meals on the second day, breakfast and lunch on the third day. The meals included are subject to change depending on arrival and departure times. During their stay the winning students may visit civic, cultural, and political landmarks in and around the capital, take part in a Canadian Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony and meet with federal dignitaries.

The Ottawa travel prizes for both winners will take place simultaneously on pre-determined dates and must be taken on those dates. The Sponsor/Contest Administrator reserves the right to select the dates and structure the travel route at its sole discretion. The trip will be chaperoned by a representative of Historica Canada. If a winner is unable to travel on the required dates, the prize will be forfeited and the Contest Sponsor may elect to draw another winner. All travel prizes must be accepted as awarded, and are non-transferable or redeemable for cash.

Air travel is from the nearest major airport to the winner’s residence; Train travel is from the nearest major train station to the winner’s residence. The winner is responsible for any transfers required between their nearest major airport or train station and their home. If a winner lives in Ottawa or in close proximity to Ottawa, resulting in the transportation cost to be less than the estimated value of the trip; the difference is forfeited and will not be redeemable in cash or credit. The travel prizes have no cash redemption value. No travel deviations are allowed. Retail values are shown in Canadian Dollars. Travel insurance is not included. All winners are encouraged to purchase their own travel, medical and cancellation insurance. The winner is responsible for all personal travel documents that may be required.

The travel winner must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian on a Declaration & Release Form in order to go on the trip. All expenses not expressly specified as being included in the Travel Prize (including, but not limited to, personal travel insurance costs, transportation between the winner's home and the airport or train station, other meals, snacks and beverages, tips and gratuities, extra amenities, hotel charges other than accommodation (e.g. telephone, fax or cable charges, mini-bar, room service or other hotel services) or expenses or any other costs not specifically listed as being included in the prize package) are the responsibility of the winner. All travel arrangements will be made in advance by Historica Canada’s National Office. Once the travel reservation is made, the booking is final and cannot be changed, unless the circumstances are covered by the traveler’s own travel / cancellation insurance policy.

Air travel is not eligible for any frequent flyer program credit. The Contest Sponsor makes no express or implied warranties of any kind with respect to safety, or performance of this prize.

B. Great Canadian Prizes: Canadian Heritage Merchandise items and magazine subscriptions, each with a retail value of approximately $20.00 to $100.00 CAD, provided by the contest co-sponsors.

The Contest Sponsor will not be held responsible for the loss of prizes due to changes in mailing addresses, errors in completed Entry Forms or any other circumstances leading to an invalid, erroneous or incomplete mailing address, phone number or email address.

C. Classroom Grand Prize: The winning classroom will receive a special “Canadian Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony” at their school which may be attended by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism on a pre-determined date. Each student of the winning classroom and their teacher will be presented with a Certificate of Participation signed by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and the President of Historica Canada. The Ceremony has no retail value.

Prizes are subject to change. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and for any reason whatsoever, to substitute a Grand Prize, Second Prizes or Classroom Grand Prize, or any part thereof with an alternate prize of equivalent value.

7. To be declared a Winner

To be declared a winner of a Prize (a “Winner”); the selected entrant must, in addition to meeting the Contest eligibility criteria and otherwise complying with the official Contest rules, first:

  • Be reached by email by the Contest Sponsor’s representatives within the five (5) business days immediately following the selection of the entry;
  • Disqualification: If any one of the above mentioned conditions is not met, the selected entrant will be disqualified and shall not be entitled to receive any prizes. The Contest Administrator reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to verify the information on the contest entry form of any selected entrant, and if any information if deemed to be false, the Administrator reserves the right to draw another eligible entrant as a potential prize winner.

8. Verification of Entries

The validity of any Contest entry is subject to verification by the Sponsor. Any incomplete or fraudulent entries will be rejected. Any entrant or other individual who enters or attempts to enter the Contest in a manner which is contrary to these official Contest Rules or which is otherwise disruptive to the proper operation of the Contest or by its nature is unjust to other entrants or potential entrants will be rejected and that entrant or purported entrant will be disqualified. All decisions of the Contest judges, who may be employees or independent contractors of the Sponsor and Contest Administrator, with respect to any and all aspects of the Contest, including without limitation the eligibility or disqualification of entrants or entries, are final and binding without right of appeal.

9. For Residents of Quebec

Any litigation respecting the conduct and awarding of the prizes in this contest may be submitted to la Regie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Quebec only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. This Contest is void where prohibited, and is subject to all applicable Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws.

10. Acceptance of Prizes

All Prizes must be accepted as described in these rules and cannot be transferred to another individual, substituted for another prize or exchanged in whole or in part for cash or credit. If for any reason a selected entrant cannot be reached through the contact information provided, or does not respond to the contest sponsor within one (1) week of being contacted, or if there is any reason a winner cannot accept the prize as awarded, his/her entry will be declared null and void, and another eligible entrant will be randomly drawn from among the remaining eligible entries.

11. Other Termination of Contest

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Contest, in whole or in part, in the event of any cause or circumstance, including without limitation any virus, computer bug or unauthorized human intervention or any other cause that is beyond the control of the Sponsor, that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the Contest.

12. Release and Exclusion of Liability:

By entering or attempting to enter the Contest, each entrant and/or purported entrant agrees: (i) to release, discharge, and forever hold harmless the Contest Group Entities, and their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, agents and other representatives (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all claims, actions, damages, demands, manner of actions, causes of action, suits, debts, duties, accounts, bonds, covenants, warranties, indemnities, claims over, contracts and liabilities of whatever nature or kind arising out of, or in connection with the entrant’s participation or attempted participation in the Contest, compliance or non-compliance with these Contest rules and acceptance and use of the Grand Prize or Second Prize or any portion thereof; and (ii) if selected as a potential Prize winner, to sign (along with the signature of a parent or legal guardian) the Sponsors’ form of Declaration and Release documentation in this regard before receiving the Prize.

The Releasees will not be responsible for lost, incomplete, late or misdirected entries or for any failure of the Contest website during the Contest Period, or for any technical malfunction or other problems with, any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software or for any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination of the foregoing, and will not be liable for any resulting injury, death or damage to any person or property arising from, or relating to, that person’s or any other person’s participation or attempted participation in the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. (iii) The winner must sign a release form, giving the Contest Group Entities permission to publish in print, broadcast or online, the winner’s name and likeness without remuneration.

13. Name/Image of Winners

By entering the Contest, winners agree to abide by the Contest rules and authorizes the Sponsor and its advertising and promotional agencies and their respective employees or other representatives to broadcast, publish and otherwise their names, photographs, images, statements regarding the Contest or any prize, places of residence and (or) voices for publicity purposes, without any form of remuneration, including without limitation, in print media or on any website operated by or on behalf of the Contest Sponsor.

14. Personal Information

The personal information gathered from contest entrants in connection with this Contest will be kept in a secure and confidential database, and will not be rented or sold. Personal information of the contest entrants will be used for the administration of this Contest, and may be shared with contest co-sponsors for the purposes of this contest only. If you wish to opt-out after the registration process, please mail a written request, including your name, address and phone number to:

Historica Canada
2 Carlton Street, East Mezzanine, Toronto, ON, M5B 1J3