Only Canadian residents are eligible to participate in the Ingenious + Youth Innovation Award competition (the “Competition”). Entrants must be between the ages of 14 and 18 (having reached their 14th birthday and not yet reached their 19th birthday on March 6, 2022, 11:59 PM Pacific Time). Entrants who have not reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence must at the time of entry must have a parent or legal guardian sign a Consent (as defined below) and all necessary documentation in respect of the Competition. In the event of a group, all members must meet the age and residency requirements above and one individual must be identified as the group’s primary contact. If a group is chosen as a prize recipient under the Competition, the group’s primary contact will be the individual contacted by the prize program. A group may consist of no more than five (5) members.

Entrants must be the sole owner of all right, title and interest (including copyright) in and to the content of the entry submitted in connection with the Competition.

Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsors, together with their relatives, are not eligible for the Competition. For this purpose, the term “relative” shall mean spouse, partner, parent, child, or sibling.

The Rideau Hall Foundation will determine the eligibility of all entrants at all levels of the prize program. Its decision on eligibility is final. For clarity, the Rideau Hall Foundation will work with Junior Achievement Canada and Yukon University to carry out the Ingenious + Youth Innovation Award (the “Delivery Partners” and collectively with the Rideau Hall Foundation, the “Sponsors”).

All entrants must also comply with these rules and regulations (the “Competition Rules”). Entry in the Competition constitutes acceptance of the Competition Rules.


To enter, complete and submit the online entry form located at (the “Competition Website”) along with the Consent and the Ingenious + Youth Innovation Challenge submission you are entering in the Competition (the “Submission”).


All entrants must submit an online entry form and a consent form signed by a parent or guardian to enter and to qualify for selection for a prize under the Competition. The entry form is included for information in the Appendix. The completed entry, including the Submission, supporting materials and completed consent in the form prescribed (see “Consent” below) must be submitted no later than the end date for regional prizes, that is, March 27, 2022, by 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Entrants may submit more than one entry in any given year. There is no limit.


National prizes shall only be available to successful recipients of a regional prize.

Regional prize winners are automatically entered into the national competition, and their materials from the regional process (entry form, consent forms) constitute the materials to be considered for the national prize.


All entrants, including all members of a group, who have not reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence, must have a parent or legal guardian provide an executed consent by the prescribed method of consent before an application will be considered complete and submitted. Consent form. The signed consent form must be uploaded via the competition website. In the absence of a valid Consent, that individual group member will be ineligible for competition, while the remainder may continue in the competition.


Entries can be submitted in either English or French.


The Ingenious+ Youth Innovation Award Challenge Sponsor will acknowledge receipt of each entry received prior to the submission deadlines via an email sent to the address indicated on the entry form. Only entrants receiving an acknowledgment from the Sponsor will be deemed to have successfully submitted an entry. Acknowledgment does not mean that the entry is officially complete. The Rideau Hall Foundation reserves the right to determine whether the documents submitted meet the minimum entry requirements.


Submission of the entry through the online system shall be deemed to be complete acceptance of these rules and regulations by the entrants.


An individual winner or, in the case of a group entry, the designated primary contact of the group and their parent or legal guardian will be notified by telephone and email if they are selected as an eligible winner. Only recipients of a prize under the Competition will be notified. The Sponsors assume no responsibility for any inaccurate or incorrect information provided to it, or any technical or human error that interferes in any way with the mailing, transmission, receipt, or processing of entries, or notification of a potential winner. If a selected entrant does not respond within five (5) business days of first contact, the Sponsors shall have the right to disqualify that entrant and to select the next submission with the highest score as determined by the JUDGING CRITERIA below. The winners of prizes under the Competition will be made public on the Competition Website. By applying, you agree that if you are a selected entrant that is disqualified and the prize is forfeited for any reason, the Sponsors be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard. The Sponsors are not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of the selected entrant to receive Notification.


Each regional Delivery Partner shall select up to five (5) regional judges to adjudicate that region’s competition, in line with the judging criteria set our below.

The Rideau Hall Foundation shall select five (5) national judges, in consultation with any national program Delivery Partner, to adjudicate the national competition.


All entries will be evaluated using the following evaluation criteria:

Please note: that while Ingenious+ invites you to provide additional information about your innovation that might make the submission more clear to the judges, such as videos, presentations, articles, the innovation itself is still judged on the listed criteria.

The final evaluation will be done by regional judges for the regional competitions and national judges for the national competition. The judges will base their choice of the Competition recipients on the above-mentioned JUDGING CRITERIA. Judges will reach their decisions by consensus.

All decisions of the judges at the regional and national levels are final and binding.  The judging scores for any entry will not be revealed.


25 regional awards of $1,000 will be available in the first year, 5 each in YK, BC, AB, ON and NB. Entrants from other locations will be assigned to one of these five pilot regions and their submission judged fairly and transparently alongside submissions from that region.

National judges will select the top three young innovators from the regional winners:​

If a group is chosen for a prize under the Competition, the cash prize will be distributed equally amongst the group members. Cash prizes are provided by cheque to each individual.


Regional winners will be determined by April 15 2022 and cash prizes issued by cheque by June 30 2022; national winners will be determined by May 30 2022 and cash prizes issued by cheque by August 30 2022.

All winners will be contacted by telephone and by emailand must execute and return an affidavit of eligibility / declaration of compliance, liability and publicity release and consent to use the Submission within five (5) business days of notification in order to win. The consent to use the Submission will irrevocably grant to the Sponsor a non-exclusive license with respect to the content of the Submission to allow the Sponsor the unconditional and perpetual right to post, display, broadcast, publish, use, adapt, edit, translate, dub, and/or modify the Submission in any way, in any and all media, throughout the world, for any purpose, without limitation, and without notice or additional consideration to the prize winners. Failure of winners to execute the affidavit of eligibility / declaration of compliance, liability and publicity release and consent to use the Submission within five (5) business days will result in the winner no longer being eligible and the Sponsor may select another entrant to win the prize. 

In order to receive a prize, the potential winner that is selected is required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, publicity release and consent / license relating to use of their winning Submission.

The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and the decisions of the Judges.


All regional and national prize winners (including all members of a group) may be recognized on the Competition Website by name, city and province or territory of residence and photos.

All recipients of prizes under the Competition (including each group member in the event of a group submission) agree to make themselves available for media interviews and by accepting a prize under the Competition, consent to the use of their name, image and related visual/sound recordings, without the expectation of further remuneration. National Prizes under the Competition will be presented to the First Prize winner and Second Prize winner and Third Prize winner at an event hosted by the Rideau Hall Foundation. Where necessary and only if possible dependent on health and safety travel restrictions, transportation (in economy class) and overnight accommodations (1 night at a hotel arranged by the Rideau Hall Foundation) for one representative of each of the First, Second and Third prize winners and a parent or legal guardian for each, if required, will be provided by Rideau Hall Foundation up to a maximum cost of $3,000 per candidate and $3000 per parent or legal guardian, in line with the RHF Travel Directive, which will be provided at the time of travel arrangement. In the event of a group entry selected as winner of one of the national prizes, all members of the group will be invited using the email address provided on their respective consent forms to attend the event. However, the Rideau Hall Foundation will only cover the travel and accommodation costs of the group’s primary contact (and parent or legal guardian if required) as identified on the entry form, and his or her legal guardian, if required. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, should the group’s primary contact be unable or unwilling to attend, the group may request an alternate participant to attend on behalf of the group. Prizes must be accepted as described in these rules and cannot be transferred to another person or substituted for another prize. Any substitution of a prize, in whole or in part, is at the sole discretion of the Rideau Hall Foundation.







Ingenious+ Entry Form

(online submission only)

Enter the Ingenious+ Youth Innovation Challenge!

Supporting the next generation of young innovators from across Canada, Ingenious+ is open to all youth in Canada aged 14-18.  This is your chance to make our world Healthier, Smarter, and Kinder.

Please use this form to submit your entry.

If you have any questions, check out our FAQs, read the rules or get in touch. 

Before you start, here’s what you’ll need:

A signed parental consent form if you or a member of your team members has not yet reached the age of majority in your province or territory of residence by March 6, 2022.

A description of your Innovation

A photo of your innovation

About You (Fields marked with an * are required):

Your Project

The ingenious+ program encourages youth in Canada to reimagine how they can put innovation to work to solve real world problems.  Our definition of innovation is one of making something better; improving upon or innovating a product, service, or process, or creating something new that solves a problem or makes the world a better place.

Please answer the following questions: 

Please refer to the judging criteria when submitting your project:

Please note: that while Ingenious+ invites you to provide additional information about your innovation that might make the submission more clear to the judges, such as videos, presentations, articles, the innovation itself is still judged on the listed criteria.

Thank you for your submission.  Successful applicants will be notified in April.  If you have any questions about ingenious+ please reach out to our team at