The Public Speaking Contest, part of the Legion's Youth and Education program, is meant to give young people an opportunity to speak in public. The individual chooses their own subject matter for the address.
When is the contest held?
The contest date is set by each branch, and is normally in the early part the year. The contest progresses through zone, district and area levels, concluding at the Provincial level in May of each year.
Dates for the contests at Branch, Zone, and District level should be established by the respective chairmen in September of each year, with careful selection being given to ensure that the contests at the various levels are not held on holiday weekends, school breaks, etc. The deadline date for the area contests will be at least two weeks prior to the Provincial Contest which is held on the 1st Saturday in May.
The contestants are divided into four classes:
Grades 1 - 3 Grades 4 - 6 Grades 7 - 9 Grades 10 - 12
Rules and Regulations
Progression to Provincial Competition
Contestants participate at their local branch. Successful contestants from Branch level then participate at zone level. Successful zone level contestants move on to district.
For the purpose of determining Provincial entries, the Province will be divided into four areas and rotated on an area basis, as follows:
Districts "A" and "B" Districts "C" "D" and "E" Districts "F" and "G" Districts "H" and "K"
Provincial The Provincial Finals of the Public Speaking Contest will be held on the first Saturday in May of each year and the area contests are to be completed at least two(2) weeks prior to the Provincial Finals. More information can be found on the Ontario Provincial Command website.
Students who have been out of the educational system for more than two years are ineligible to compete in the Provincial Public Speaking Competition at any level.