Rules and Terms of Use

1. Entry Rules

To enter a story to the Canada150in150 Project, you (The Entrant) agree with the following:

  • All information submitted as part of the Early Bird Prize Submission must be complete and correct at the Close of Submissions at 23:59 MST on April 12 2017. See Awards & Prizes Page on this Website.
  • All information submitted as part of a Submission must be complete and correct at the Close of Submissions at 23:59 MST on June 2, 2017 
  • Stories will be screened for appropriateness of content by the Canada150in150 website moderator(s) prior to posting on the website. Late entries will not screened or accepted 
  • You will be notified if your submission has been entered into an incorrect Category - for reposting to another category 
  • Global Votes will be included in the ranking of the Submission by the 150 Panel. Please see the Story Requirements & Tips page for more information 
  • The 150 Panel reserve the right to reject a Submission without giving reasons. The decision made by the 150 Panel is final 
  • You have read and understood and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions outlined below

To encourage the posting and viewing of thoughtful and respectful digital stories, first and last names will appear with each entry to our online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will not be permitted. 

By entering your photos, written stories and videos (Your digital story) to the Canada150in150 Project, you accept that FutureCite 150 Society has the right to reproduce and publish Your digital story in whole or in part, in any manner that Society chooses. You also accept that Society has the right to accept or decline Your digital story with their sole discretion. 

All online entries to the Canada150in150 Project are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Your use of the Canada 150in150 website confirms your agreement to be bound by the Submission Guidelines and the Terms of Use.

Content Submission Guidelines for the Canada150in150 Project (herein “Submission Guidelines”)

The Canada150in150 Project platform is open to people of every age, race, religion, sex, ethnic origin and sexual orientation.

Share your story with us and be a part of the celebration for Canada's 150th Birthday. Participate in sharing your photos, written forms and stories and videos (Your digital story) that you create/upload (Your Content) with us on our Canada150in150 Project website. Your Content includes but is not limited to online written forms and stories, video uploads and photo submissions.

We want your engaging photos and videos that capture your achievements and aspirations in building a future Canada. In addition, we will regularly solicit Your Content on various topics for programs and stories, blogs, contests and many other types of interactive engagement.

Submissions of Your digital story to the Canada150in150 Project is not anonymous and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. Upon registering, you must provide your first and last names, and email address. The Society reserves the right to decline a submission, if there exists any issue related to the identity of its author. Stealing another person's identity with the intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious offense.

You are responsible for your use of the Canada150in150 website and for Your Content, and for any consequences thereof. You should only provide Your Content that you are comfortable sharing with others. Society does not endorse, represent or guarantee the completeness, truthfulness or accuracy or reliability of any content or communications posted to the Canada150in150 website.

By submitting Your Content, you grant us the non-exclusive right to use your content in any way we determine, royalty-free, in perpetuity. Your Content may be published on Society's controlled platforms, and may even be included in our stories. Society cannot guarantee that Your Content will be published. We may also request that you edit Your Content for length or size. Your Content may be indexed by Internet search engines. Society has no obligation to remove Your Content from its platforms even if you make a request. 

You may use the Canada150in150 website only in compliance with these Submissions Guidelines and Terms of Use and in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

The Terms of Use and the Submission Guidelines may evolve as the Project evolves and may change without prior notice to you. 

You should think carefully about your intent and the consequence of publication of any of Your Content. For more information, see our Terms of Use.

When you share Your digital story with us:

  • Be creative and passionate about your digital story.
  • Be respectful and courteous, as if you were having a face-to-face discussion.
  • Society does not endorse the content of external web sites and has no liability as to their content in any event. SOCIETY reserves its right to take-down any external link.
  • Your Content must be created and owned by you. Breaking copyright rules is not permitted (that includes copying and pasting excerpts from other sites without permission and attribution). If the majority of Your Content was written or created by someone else, even with a proper credit, it won’t be accepted.
  • Any of Your Content that is offensive and likely to expose an individual or a group of individuals to hatred or contempt on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability is prohibited.
  • The following kind of Your Content is also prohibited: 
    • Pornography, vulgarity, obscenity or sexually explicit content 
    • Anything illegal 
    • Hate speech 
    • Threats, harassment 
    • Personal attacks, insults and defamatory statements 
    • Threats or suggesting committing a criminal act 

Attempts to mobilize people for any purpose outside of a Society sanctioned event for the Project

  • Respect other people's privacy by not including personal information in Your Content (such as phone numbers and email addresses) or private dialogue. You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information without their express written authorization and permission. You may not post photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.
  • You may not impersonate others through the Canada150in150 website.
  • Be sensitive in 'Your Content' regarding the death or injury of private individual, especially children.
  • Make it personal, not commercial by leaving out press releases and commercial promotions.

If you violate any of these guidelines, Your Content will not be accepted and your account may be suspended or blocked. Society reserves the right to not post a story at any time without notice and to reject the publication of any of Your Content. Society reserves the right to change these Content Submission Guidelines at any time without notice.

2. Terms of Use

Welcome to the Canada150in150 Project

By submitting your photos, written stories and videos (Digital Story) to the Canada150in150 Project, you agree to comply with these Terms of Use, the Submission Guidelines as well as all applicable laws. These Terms of Use may be amended from time to time without any notice to you , so please come back to review them periodically: THEY CONSTITUTE A BINDING AGREEMENT WITH FUTURECITE 150 SOCIETY. 

In accordance with our mandate as a not-for-profit society, FutureCite 150 Society (SOCIETY) provides a digital public space for sharing your digital story related to the Canada150in150 Project.  SOCIETY is responsible for the content of its own productions and those it commissions. SOCIETY must honour the agreements it has with its partners and collaborators. To that end, no publication, reproduction or communication of such content to the public is authorized except in the specific cases set out in the federal Copyright Act, upon granting of a license or upon granting of clear permission for a particular subject or activity.  


When you interact with SOCIETY's Canada150in150 Project, you are solely responsible for the content you contribute by any means, whether through comments, in discussion forums or in programming-related activities, such as contests, interactive activities and also including using third-party social media.  Any use of the Canada150in150 website is at your own risk. You must follow the Submission Guidelines and you must hold all of the required rights and authorizations to the content of your submissions, and you grant to Society a license to reproduce and publish it.   Under no circumstances will Society be liable in any way for any content, including, but not limited to, errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind whatsoever and however incurred or resulting from the use of any content posted, or otherwise made available via the Canada 150in150 website.


Specific terms apply to sites allowing sharing of digital information, including the requirement to register beforehand. The information gathered ensures that the participant submitting the digital story is eligible to enter. Information may also be used for statistical and informational analyses and public opinion trend monitoring, among other things. 

If you access the Canada150in150 Project through third-parties’ platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or others, their terms of use also apply. 

3. Canada150in150 Project content

  1. May I use Canada150in150 Project content? No, unless otherwise authorized in writing by Society. SOCIETY does not allow the reproduction or public communication of content that it produces or commissions.  Your access to the Canada150in150 Project does not give you any rights to that content. To be allowed to reproduce or present certain content in public, you must first obtain a license from SOCIETY, unless use is permitted by law.
  2. Do these terms of use apply to news feeds (RSS)? Yes. These terms also apply to the use of Canada150in150 Project news feeds. Any use other than for private purposes must be subject to an written agreement with Society specifying the conditions for use with due regard for the integrity of the content.
  3. May I repost content from the Canada150in150 Project? Yes, but only by hyperlinks or by special permission. You may place links to Canada150in150 digital pages on your own web pages or sites or on social media. You may not repost content from the Canada150in150 Project in any other way without first obtaining a license through Society.  SOCIETY may,  in its sole discretion, intervene to remove content communicated to the public without authorization on third-party sites and take legal action to enforce its rights.
  4. What rights do I have to software and applications made available for my use for the Canada150in150 Project? Only for navigating. Some web activities require the use of software or applications—e.g., digital markers including cookies—specifically developed for such purpose. When such software and applications are made available to you, you have the right to download and use them for the sole purpose as intended by Society, but you have no other rights to reproduce, modify or adapt them for any purposes whatsoever.
  5. Who should I address if I feel that content  infringes my rights (copyright, image)? You must notify Box Clever as soon as possible. Notification must contain enough detail to enable us to easily locate the content in question as well as the information needed to contact you. You must, in fact, hold the rights to the material being infringed. On receiving such notification, Society will review as required and make the appropriate decisions.
  6. Are official marks, trademarks, logos and identifications for Society and the Canada150in150 Project protected? Yes, all of them are legally protected and you need prior written permission to use them.

4. My submissions to Canada150in150 Project

  1. What must I do to be allowed to participate in the Canada150in150 Project? Register and assume responsibility for what you submit. To participate you need to register. Registration ensures accountability from participants, allows Society to communicate with you when required for each stage of our Canada150in150 Project and updates. Your registration information must be accurate and you are required to keep this information up to date. To post submissions, you may need a password, which belongs to you and for which you alone are responsible. You are responsible for safeguarding the password that you use to access the Canada150in 150 website and for any activities or actions under your password.  SOCIETY retains the right to delete your story (Your content), in its sole discretion. The information and the content of your submissions may from time to time be hosted on third-party servers under contract agreements with Society, in Canada or elsewhere, in which case foreign legislation may apply.
  2. What conditions apply if I wish to take part in activities related contests or interactive content on the Canada150in150 Project ? You are responsible for ensuring the legality of what you post. You alone are responsible for what you share with the public on the Canada150in150 Project and the legality of your submissions, including privacy rights, image rights, reputation, copyright and other rights of third parties. You must obtain all required authorization from any third party when needed. By participating, you declare that you have obtained all required rights for your submissions.  You represent and warrant that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the rights granted herein to Your Content that you submit.   Under no circumstances will Society be liable for any content or Your Content, including, but not limited to , any errors or omissions in any content, or Your Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content or Your Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Canada150in150 website. You must also obtain all required parental authorizations if you are a minor in your province or territory of residence or if your submissions involve minors. Moreover, each interactive activity or contest on the Canada150in150 Project may have its own specific rules to follow, in addition to these Terms of Use. You must refer to the specific activity or contest webpage for those specifics.
  3. Will SOCIETY review my story before making it accessible to the public? Your submission may be reviewed before it is posted online.  Your submission represents your views and opinions only, not those of Society or of the Canada150in150 Project.   Society takes no responsibility for Your Content nor does Society endorse, represent or guarantee the completeness, truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any content or Your Content. Any use or reliance on the Canada150in 150 website is at your own risk.  
  4. What rights does Society have in my posts on the Canada150in150 Project ? Reproduction and distribution. When you post content (texts, images, sounds, etc.) to the Canada150in150 Project, you grant to SOCIETY a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive (unless otherwise indicated in specific terms), worldwide right  and license to use, copy, process, adapt, modify, publish, reproduce, transmit, display and distribute by any means of communication controlled or authorized by SOCIETY, including social media. SOCIETY is under no obligation to publish your submissions or to keep them accessible; such decisions are at its sole discretion. If your submission includes your or someone else’s image or voice, you grant SOCIETY irrevocable permission to publish it by any means of communication controlled or authorized by Society. You give SOCIETY permission to publish your full name and city in any form or platform in connection with your submission. Similarly, you give SOCIETY permission to contact you for follow-up in connection with anything you submit to the Canada150in150 Project.
  5. Can content that I post to the Canada150in150 Project be removed? SOCIETY reserves the right at all times (but does not have an obligation) to remove or refuse a submission.  We also reserve the right to access, read, preserve and disclose any information as we reasonably believe is necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request. Content posted on the Canada150in150 Project will be kept as long as required by law or by Society's policies.

5. Conducting business on the Canada150in150 Project

  1. May I use the Canada150in150 Project for business or commercial purposes? Only if authorized  in writing by SOCIETY. You may not use any content from the Canada150in150 Project for business or commercial purposes without prior written permission. You may, however, provide a link to the Canada150in150 page as a sanctioned sponsor, collaborator or partner of Society.
  2. Who owns the content of the sponsors on Canada150in150 Project? The sponsors.Society may make sponsorship banners  available to its sponsors. In such case, the sponsor is solely responsible for the content of those sponsorship banners. Making such pages available shall in no case be construed as endorsement by SOCIETY of the sponsors’ goods or services. The same is true of advertising posted on the Canada150in150 Project. Content supplied by the sponsors belongs to them.
  3. May I use content on the Canada150in150 Project for institutional, educational or non-profit purposes? You may not use content on the Canada150in150 Project for institutional, educational or non-profit purposes without prior written consent from Society. 
  4. Are there conditions applying to online shopping on the Canada150in150 Project? You must consult the terms applicable to online business transactions with the Canada150in150 shop directly on their Web page.  Society takes no responsibility for the content, products or services on or available from such shops.  You acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of online services for such transactions.

6. Disclaimers and Limitations of Liability

Please read this section carefully as it limits the liability of Society, its officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, and representatives.

Your access to and use of the Canada150in150 website or any content is at your own risk.  You acknowledge and agree that Society is not responsible or liable for links to third party websites or resources.

  1. What is Society's liability with respect to the Canada150in150 Project? No warranty with regard to content or operation. Society’s mandate is to provide a way for Citizens, Communities and Companies to share their digital stories on how they have shaped or will shape a future Canada. Content provided on the Canada150in150 Project is not intended to replace professional advice when required, in any field whatsoever.
    Society offers no warranty or representation and disclaims all liability for the content or its completeness, accuracy, reliability, or the availability, security or operation of the Canada150in150 Project and assumes no responsibility for any interruption, whether intentional or not, in putting its submissions from the digital stories (Your Content) online. Society neither assumes responsibility for nor offers any warranty concerning the security of any communications or unauthorized interception by third parties and wireless (wifi) services in its buildings, for any damage whatsoever, regardless of its nature or value.
    Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Society shall not be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential or other damages including aggravated or punitive damages, or any loss of profits or revenues, whether incurred directly or indirectly, or any loss of data, use, good will or other intangible losses resulting from your access to or use of or inability to access or use the Canada150in150 website or arising from the conduct of any third party using the website including any defamatory, offensive,  or illegal conduct of other users or third parties or from any unauthorized access, use or alteration of your transmissions of Your  Content.
    The limitations in this section shall apply to any claim of liability, whether based on warranty, contract, statute, tort or otherwise.
  2. What is my liability with respect to the use of the Canada150in150 Project? You are liable for Your Content. You must not hinder operations and  must comply with the Terms of Use.  In addition to your responsibility for the content, your submissions to the Canada150in150 Project may not, under any circumstance, have the effect of hindering or preventing other users from using  the Canada150in150 website, nor modifying its operation or its effectiveness by any means whatsoever. 
    You may only use Canada150in150 Project for private purposes, unless otherwise authorized under specific agreements with Society. You  may not use Canada150in150 Project for any illegal purpose.
    You are liable for any damage arising from failure to comply with these Terms of Use, Submission Guidelines or with any other law or regulation applicable to your submissions (Your Content).  If your submissions  (Your Content) to the Canada150in150 require a user name and a password, you are responsible for ensuring their confidentiality.
  3. Are the rights in software, applications and other tools to facilitate communications protected? Yes. The rights in those tools belong to Society or its partners or to third parties. No other use except navigating the Canada150in150 Project is authorized without the prior consent of the rights holder.
  4. Jurisdiction
    These Terms of Use and Submission Guidelines and any action related thereto will be governed by the laws of the province of Alberta. 

7. Personal Information

  1. Does Society protect the personal information collected on the Canada150in150 Project? Yes. All personal information collected is governed by the federal Privacy Act. This protection may, however, be revoked should the legality of your communications be in question.
  2. Does the Canada150in150 Project use tools such as Google analytics? Yes. The Canada150in150 Project will utilize Google analytics.  Refer to  Google Privacy Services
  3. What security protocols are used when I use social media? Those of SOCIETY and the Canada150in150 Project and social media platforms, as the case may be. SOCIETY’s use of social media constitutes an extension of its digital presence. Social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are public and not hosted on SOCIETY's website vendor servers. Users who interact with the Canada150in150 project through social media platforms must refer to the conditions of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers.
    Personal information that you provide to the Canada150in150 Project through social media accounts is collected  between you and Society for the purposes of the Canada150in150 Project. It may be used for inquiry response, statistical measurement and reporting purposes.

8. Severability

The failure of Society to enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Use or the Submission Guidelines will not be deemed a waiver of such right.  In the event any provision of these Terms of Use or the Submission Guidelines is held to be invalid or unenforceable, then that provision will be limited, but the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use and the Submission Guidelines will remain in full force and effect.

9. Entire Agreement

These Terms of Use and the Submission Guidelines are the entire and exclusive agreement between Society and you regarding the access to or use of the Canada 150in150 website. We may revise these Terms of Use and the Submission Guidelines from time to time and the most current version will be found on the website.  By continuing to access or use the Canada150in150 website after any revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Terms of Use.