Justice Centre Essay Contest
2021 Youth Essay Contest
There has been a lot of debate about whether governments, airlines, universities, event venues, private businesses and other entities will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access their services. Moreover, there is concern that certain workplaces may try to mandate vaccines for employees, and that certain government benefits may only be distributed to vaccinated individuals.
Canadians have the right to give their voluntary, informed consent to any medical treatment. There are concerns that this is a new vaccine, and that a vaccine passport would violate privacy, medical confidentiality, Charter rights to freedom of conscience and religion, mobility rights, and the right to liberty and security of the person under the Charter.
Should citizens who refuse to get vaccinated have the same rights and freedoms as those who do get vaccinated?
To assist your research as you write your essay, see the Justice Centre’s work on this topic:
October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time
This contest is open to all Canadian youth who will be between the age of 15–24 on the date they submit their essay.
Length, format, and evaluation criteria
The essay should be a MINIMUM of 1000 words and NOT EXCEED 2,500 words. Please submit your essay in PDF or Word format using the form below, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Quality of writing and persuasiveness of argument will be the central criteria considered by the judges.
Your essay should have a title and references/footnotes and follow proper essay form with a clear introduction, thesis statement, persuasive evidence and arguments, followed by a conclusion.
1st prize: $2,000
2nd prize: $1,000 | 3rd prize: $500