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 a local Habitat for Humanity build of their choice.

The contest was established by founding sponsor Sagen (formerly known as Genworth Canada) 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 2021 Meaning of Home contest is now closed. The 2022 Meaning of Home contest will open for entries in January 2022.

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Contest highlights

58,000+ students from across Canada have participated in the Meaning of Home contest since 2007

During the 2020 contest, a record high of over 10,200 students participated

$1.2 million raised to date to help Canadian families in need of decent and affordable homeownership

In 2020, the Meaning of Home contest helped families in 43 communities across Canada build a brighter future through affordable homeownership

Grade 4 grand prize winning submission of the
2020 Meaning of Home contest

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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 or calling 1-800-667-5137 x2.


It’s simple: all you need is a pencil and paper. Write a composition, essay, or poem and tell us what home means to you. When you 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.