The Meaning of Home contest invites grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay explaining what home means to them for a chance to direct a grant to their local Habitat for Humanity.

The contest was established by founding sponsor Sagen in 2007 to help raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity in Canada, and to engage and educate the next generation in Habitat’s mission to help families access affordable homeownership.

The 2024 Meaning of Home contest will open in January

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Contest highlights

Over 100,000 students from across Canada have participated in the Meaning of Home contest since 2007

During the 2023 contest, over 12,000 students participated

$2.3 million raised to date to help Canadian families in need of decent and affordable homeownership

Every year, the Meaning of Home contest allows over 40 local Habitats across Canada to empower families to build a brighter future through affordable homeownership with the $10 per entry and winners’ prize grants donated by our sponsors

How can you help?


The ask

With the support of partners like you, the Meaning of Home contest will continue to engage and empower Canadian students to make a difference in their communities, while helping Canadian families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

Why sponsor?

  • Strengthen your brand awareness among teachers, students and parents and demonstrate corporate social responsibility by partnering with Habitat for Humanity Canada, ranked in the top 5 as one of the most recognized brands in the world (World Value Index 2018).
  • Give back while engaging and empowering students to make a difference in their communities.
  • Build consumer and employee engagement and morale via local and national sponsorship activation opportunities.

Find out how to become a Meaning of Home contest sponsor by emailing partnerships@habitat.ca or calling 1-800-667-5137 x2.


It’s simple: all your child needs is a pencil and paper to write a composition, essay, or poem and tell us what home means to them. When they enter $10 will be donated to your local Habitat for Humanity. Each grade will have a grand prize winner and three runners-up.


The Meaning of Home contest is a unique and meaningful way to get students involved in creative writing. The goal is to teach students the importance of actively participating to better their communities.

It is also a way for you to meet curriculum criteria in the area of language/language arts.