Canadian Royal Heritage Trust

A National Educational Charity

The Eugene Forsey Prize

For Essays On The Canadian Monarchy

The Canadian Royal Heritage Institute’s education division awards the Eugene Forsey Essay Prize for university, college and high school students, in honour of Canada’s renowned constitutional expert, the Hon. Eugene Forsey (1904-1991).

Prizes are offered annually for essays on the Monarchy in the disciplines of Canadian history, politics, constitutional affairs, philosophy or cultural studies. The essays may focus on the Crown as an institution, the Royal Family, the Governor-General or the Lieutenant-Governors, and should be approximately 1500 words in length plus any supporting appendices.

Hon. Eugene Forsey

ForseyEugene Forsey (1904-1991) was a leading 20th Century Canadian. A Rhodes Scholar, he helped write the Regina Manifesto in 1933 (the roots of the C.C.F. and N.D.P.), was a lecturer at McGill University (1929-1941), Research Director for the Canadian Labour Congress (1942-1966), and a Senator (1970-1980). A leading constitutional authority and expert on the Canadian Monarchy, his noted works included The Royal Power of Dissolution and How Canadians Govern Themselves.

Eugene Forsey was always concerned about the education of students, and their need to understand the importance and value of constitutional monarchy. With his approval and support, the Eugene Forsey Prize was established by the Monarchist League of Canada to reflect his personal interest in the Crown and education. The Canadian Royal Heritage Trust assumed administration of the prize in 1995.


Annual prizes may be awarded in each of the Institute’s fourteen geographical areas.  Branches of the Institute handle the administration of the programme. Students submitting essays may be in university, college or high school in Canada, depending upon the rules established by the local branches.


Essays submitted are judged on content, research, writing skill and understanding of the subject. Essays may be submitted in either English or French.


Essays usually must be submitted by the end of May each year and will be judged over the summer, with the awards announced in the autumn. The essays may be papers submitted for a school course or written especially for the Eugene Forsey Prize. They must be submitted as a typed manuscript, on a computer disc or by email. Manuscripts and discs will not be returned. Suggestions for essay topics can be provided if requested.

Submissions and enquiries should be directed to the local branch of the Canadian Royal Heritage Institute or to the Institute’s Education Co-ordinator, who will forward them to the appropriate branch:

Education Co-ordinator

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 416-482-4157