How it works

In a 24- or 48-hour time period, eligible entrants work in teams of 2 to answer a brief for a not-for-profit organization, selected by The Globe and Mail in consultation with the competition judges. The Canadian qualifying competitions are designed to prepare the teams for the global Young Lions competition in Cannes. To learn more about the global competitions, visit

In 2020, Canada will send teams to compete in the following categories:

Competition Details

Click here to learn more about this year’s competition including rules and eligibility requirements.

Past Winners

In the last 12 years of competing, Canada’s Young Lions have seen tremendous success in the global competitions with 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze wins.

The Globe and Mail has been proud to host the Young Lions Print, Cyber and Film competitions since 2007, Media since 2008, and Marketers since 2012.


An esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts will pore over an expected 375+ submissions from this year’s competitions to determine the best work from Canada’s top young talent in the media, creative and marketing industries.

Click here to see the full list of jury members for each category.


Where can I find logo files and brand guidelines for the charity?

You can download the “Competition Assets” folder on the Competition page, which includes the Samara logo in .JPEG, .PNG, and .EPS format, along with a design considerations document.

How firm are the parameters of the brief? E.g. Can I go over the text limit?

We do not recommend this. The parameters are in place for a reason and the judges may not consider submissions that go against the client ask.

What type of images or sounds can I use in my submission?

Free and royalty free images and sounds.

For film submissions, can I use pre-recorded footage?

No, you must create original footage.

I missed the deadline to submit. Can I just email it?

No. Each team is required to submit through the official Entry Submission Form. Late entries and entries submitted through other channels will not be accepted.

Can I switch categories during the competition?

No. All entrants must compete in the category in which they have registered. Any submissions to the categories in which the entrant has not registered will be disqualified.

Does each team member need to submit the entry?

No. Each team will submit one entry to the Entry Submission Form.

Something has come up and I won’t be able to complete the submission. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, the registration fee is non-refundable. We cannot honour refunds after the competition has started.

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