CPA Ontario Write to Ignite

Write to Ignite is an annual essay competition that provides members of our High School Ambassador Program (HAP) a chance to win the top prize of $500, plus a $50 e-gift card for their teacher and a plaque for their class.

The Write to Ignite 2021/22 competition is now closed. Thank you to those who participated. Check back this fall for more information regarding the 2022/2023 competition.

2021/22 Write to Ignite winners

Theme: Has social media been good or bad to society or business and why?

1st Place - Liam Murphy Scarborough
Social Media Can Help

2nd Place - Emily Couture Arva
Social Media - Good for Consumers, Bad for Business

3rd Place - Cameron Thody Arva
Social Media: A Powerful Tool for Businesses


Teacher Random Draw Prize: $100 e-gift card

Each time a student submits an entry, their teacher gets their name put into the draw. The more students in a class participate, the higher the change for the teacher to win.

Submission guidelines

This essay is opinion based but must be supported by research and include references.

Submit your essay by email and include the following contact information in your email:
    • your name and HAP ID number
    • your essay’s title
    • teacher’s name and email
    • your school's name and address

For complete contest details, see Rules and Regulations. Any questions, please contact our team.

Essay format requirements

  • title page that includes the following:
    • student name
    • HAP ID number
    • student email address
    • school name and address
    • teacher name and email address
  • Arial font, 12-point
  • Double spaced 
  • 1-inch margins 
  • page numbers
  • full bibliography using MLA style guidelines

Essay assessment

  • creativity and originality 
  • clarity and language 
  • spelling and grammar 
  • adherence to the essay theme