Public Speaking

The Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion is the largest service oriented organization in Ontario, which has 400+ branches throughout the province. Its main focus is to remember those who gave their lives for freedom, to look after the needs of veterans, their dependents, and those still serving in the Canadian Forces. It also sponsors a variety of community programs such as sports, seniors programs, youth programs including an annual provincial- wide public speaking contest. The goal of the Public Speaking Contest, part of the Legion’s Youth and Education program, is to give young people an opportunity to speak in public.

Students are allowed to choose their own topics for the contest. A 3-5 minute original speech is required for all Grade 1 to 9 students and a 5-7 minute speech for all Grade 10-12 students. Competitors advance through Branch, Zone, and District levels to the final Provincial Contest.  The contest is divided into 4 different divisions according to grade levels:

  • Primary Grades 1-3,
  • Junior Grades 4-6,
  • Intermediate Grades 7-9
  • and Senior Grades 10-12.

The final Provincial Contest is held on the 1st Saturday in May each year.

Students in Ontario except those who have been out of the educational system for more than two years are eligible to participate.

Click below to read, print or submit the documents related to this contest:

Public Speaking Rules and Regulations

Public Speaking Entry Form

Public Speaking 2017