20th edition of Canstruction Toronto launches call for entries

Canstruction Toronto invites teams of engineers, architects, and designers to take part in the 20th annual Canstruction at the Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto. Please join the organizers for an information night about Canstruction on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Design Exchange (234 Bay St).Canstruction Toronto

Canstruction is an international annual design and build competition to raise awareness about the growing hunger gap. Teams of architects, engineers, designers and students design and build ‘Canstructures’, structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10’x10’x8’ space. Teams compete for the titles: Best Design, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, and People’s Choice. After the competition and exhibition, the structures are deconstructed and all of the cans are donated to Daily Bread Food Bank, the largest provider of food relief in the GTA. A jury will judge the completed ‘canstructures’ anonymously on May 14, 2019 and the winners will be announced at an evening reception held at the Design Exchange.


Last year, Canstruction Toronto teams donated 52,165 lbs of shelf-stable food to Daily Bread Food Bank, which was distributed to its member agencies’ meal programs and community-based food banks, to supply 120,000 client visits. Since the event started in Toronto in 1999, Canstruction Toronto has donated over one million pounds of food to Daily Bread Food Bank. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed 70 million pounds of food to programs around the world. Canstruction events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia. “Canstruction does three great things,” said Neil Hetherington, CEO of Daily Bread Food Bank. “It provides almost half of our non-perishable donations in a month when public donations are low; it showcases the creativity and generosity of Toronto’s top architects; and it sparks conversations about how we, together, can build a better city and make the lives of Torontonians better.”

Important dates:

  • Jan. 17, 2019: Information Night – 6pm at Design Exchange
  • Jan. 25, 2019: Deadline for Registration
  • Feb. 15, 2019: Design Submission Deadline
  • May 13, 2019: Build Night May 14, 2019: Awards Gala
  • May 14-17, 2019: Open to Public
  • May 18, 2019: Decanstruction


More information about Canstruction Toronto is available via the event’s official Facebook page, linked here.