Lieutenant Governor’s Climate Change Essay Challenge

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The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), launched an essay competition for all grade 12 school students across the Province of Ontario. Essays from students in 5th year are also accepted.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Climate Change Essay Challenge, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, is an opportunity for Grade 12 students in Ontario to articulate their vision for how Canada will help to end climate change by 2067.

Winners will receive cash scholarships, with a value of $3,000 for first place. The top three essays will be featured on, an award-winning digital publication focused on Canadian foreign policy.

“As we look to address climate change, the insights, creativity and energy of young people are more important than ever,” says the Lieutenant Governor. “I am delighted to partner with CIGI in providing this exciting opportunity for Grade 12 students in Ontario to submit their bold visions for how Canada can lead in addressing this most difficult challenge of learning to live in a carbon-constrained world over the next 50 years.”

Essays in English or French will be accepted until Friday March 3, 2017. To coincide with Earth Day, the winners will be invited to the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite in Toronto for a reception on Friday, April 21. Further information on eligibility and submission guidelines can be found on the at

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