The Foundation supports the national literary and poster contests organized by The Royal Canadian Legion’s branches. Through partnerships with schools in their area, branches across the country receive thousands of artistic entries from students.

Winning entries are evaluated at the branch and provincial levels.  Final entries are  forwarded to the Legion’s national headquarters in Ottawa. There, the artwork is judged by a panel including artistic professionals, and the national winners are named.


Literary Contest participants are invited to submit an essay/composition or a poem with a Remembrance theme. Submissions are accepted in either French or English and are judged on originality of thought, expression, presentation, grammar and spelling and Canadian content.

There are Essay and Poem categories, and three student levels within each:

  • Senior: Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Intermediate: Grades 7, 8, 9
  • Junior: Grades 4, 5, 6


Poster Contest participants are invited to submit their work in either black & white or colour using the theme of Remembrance and what it represents to them. Similar to the Literary Contest, submissions are judged based on originality, expression, drawing and illustration.

There are Black & White and Colour categories, and four student levels within each:

  • Senior: Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Intermediate: Grades 7, 8, 9
  • Junior: Grades 4, 5, 6
  • Primary: Grades Kindergarden,1, 2, 3


A plaque is awarded to the first place winner in all categories and to their school.

The winning poster contest entries in each category at the national level are displayed publicly at the Canadian War Museum from July 1 to May 1 of the following year.

Poster Contest second place winners, and those receiving an honourable mention, are displayed in the Parliament Buildings during the Remembrance period in November.

Senior winners in the four contests (one black & white poster, one colour poster, one essay and one poem), receive a Legion-sponsored trip to Ottawa to attend the National Remembrance Day Service. There, the winners place a wreath on behalf of the Youth of Canada and have the opportunity to meet and visit with the Governor General.

Entering and regulations

Students can enter as many contests as they wish, but can submit only one entry per category.

Previous Winners

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