Canstruction® 2020

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Canstruction® is a unique, international event engaging designers, architects and engineers to use their talents to help those struggling with food insecurity. The event raises funds, food and awareness for local food banks. Competing organizations strengthen their team while gaining profile in the community. In Waterloo Region, Canstruction® has raised food and funds to provide more than 1,000,000 meals since 2008.

The event will run: March 14-22, 2020 at Conestoga Mall.

Have questions about 2020 Canstruction® Waterloo Region? Please contact us at 519-743-5576 or e-mail us.

Canstruction® Waterloo Region Team Information

Important Dates

  • Registration Deadline – December 31, 2019
  • Team Captain’s Meeting – January 8, 2020
  • Initial Design Form – January 15, 2020
  • Final Design and Team Information – January 31, 2020
  • Transportation Request – January 31, 2020
  • Food Purchase Deadline – January 31, 2020
  • Food must be at The Food Bank – March 6, 2020
  • Mall Build – Note: Build to be completed within 6 hours – March 13, 2020 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Mall Teardown – March 22, 2020 (5 p.m.)


The following is a summary of the 2020 Canstruction® Waterloo Region Competition rules. Please also download and read the full rules and regulations here.

Size of Structure – Maximum size for a structure is 10ft L x 10ft W x 6ft H.

Size of Build Team – Maximum size of each team is five (5) builders at a time in 10 x 10 build area.  Additional team members are allowed outside of the build area to assist with other duties.

Build Time – Maximum build time is six (6) hours. No build should exceed 6 hrs.

Structures Must Be Built Using Cans – Packaged food may only be used to accent your structure but must not be more than 10% of your structure.

Types of Cans

Permissible Items:

  • Nutritional canned food of all sizes may be used.

Non Permissible Items:

  • NO glass containers, alcoholic beverages or soda
  • NO junk food or pet food (Make every effort in designing your structure to use nutritious, edible foods for the food bank)
  • NO opened, exposed or expired food
  • NO covered, stripped off or altered labels. Cans must be full, unopened, and with labels intact and legible.

Types of Structural Support

Permissible Items:

  • Clear and double-faced tape
  • Velcro, magnets
  • High-tension rubber bands, nylon string, wire, tie-backs, zip ties
  • Tubes, wooden and threaded rods used for alignment
  • One-quarter inch thick materials- for the purpose of leveling materials and not as load bearing.

Below are suggestions ranging from lightest to toughest

  • Cardboard
  • Foam-core
  • Masonite
  • MDF
  • Plywood

Non Permissible Items:

Structures MUST be structurally self-supporting:

  • NO 2 x 4 boards
  • NO leveling boards greater than 1/4” thick
  • NO sheet metal
  • NO permanent adhesives
  • Plexiglass


  • Eligible winning structures from Canstruction® Waterloo Region will be submitted to Canstruction® International to compete against other city wide winners
  • Categories
    • Most Cans
    • Best Use of Labels
    • Best Meal
    • Structural Ingenuity
    • Best Original Design
    • Judges Favourite
    • People’s Choice

Registration - Deadline December 31, 2019

Canstruction® Waterloo Region 2020 - Registration

  • This person agrees to assume responsibility for representing the team.
  • Please tell us the best number to reach you at during business hours (cell, business etc.)
  • Please tell us the best number to reach you at outside of business hours (in case of emergency).
  • List co-captains and e-mail contacts here.
  • This is not required, but we want to avoid potential duplicate initial concept ideas. If multiple teams have submitted the same idea, the first to apply gets dibs. If you do not submit an idea at time of application, please e-mail to confirm your idea is one-of-a-kind before submitting the initial concept sketch.
  • Provide Company/Organization Logo

  • Email a high quality version (.eps preferred, .png also accepted) of your company logo to . This will be displayed with your build.

Initial Design Form - Deadline January 15, 2020

Canstruction® Waterloo Region 2020 - Initial Design Submission

  • Submit Initial Structure Sketch

  • Email your sketch (.jpg, .png, .eps) to or supply a download link below.
  • This person agrees to assume responsibility for representing the team.

Final Design & Team Information Form - Deadline January 31, 2020

Canstruction® Waterloo Region 2020 - Final Design Submission

  • This person agrees to assume responsibility for representing the team.
  • Please list out your team members in the format shown.
  • This will be displayed with your design.
  • Total number of cans in build
  • Include a list of the building materials/accessories you intend to use in your build aside from canned items (leveling materials, clear tape etc.).
  • List co-captains and e-mail contacts here.
  • Your sponsors and/or helpers can be recognized by name (no logos) on your team sign.
  • Email your high quality company logo (.eps or transparent background .png preferred) to or supply a download link below.
  • Final Step

  • Provide a final rendering without dimensions of your build. Email to or supply a download link below. No sketches or cartoons.

Canstruction Food Purchase form - purchase by January 31, 2020

Canstruction Food Purchase Form click here – purchase by January 31, 2020

Transportation Request - Deadline January 31, 2020

To ensure your food is ready for Canstruction(R) Waterloo Region, please register for a food pick up date and time by clicking here.

Food orders will be picked up in the allotted time and transported to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region for event preparation.

Donate to Vote

Have your say during Canstruction® Waterloo Region! Stop by Conestoga Mall between March 14-22, 2020 and check out the remarkable structures on display and donate to vote for your favorite (these votes will decide the People’s Choice Award). Voting is easy and can be done in person at Conestoga Mall or online.


Try-A-Build is an opportunity for corporate and community groups as well as the general public to experience Canstruction® Waterloo Region on a smaller scale!

Corporate and community groups, are invited to pre-register for a build during the week of March 7-12, 2020.

The general public is invited to join us at Conestoga Mall on March 7-8 for a chance to get creative and put their design skills on display!

If you would like more information about Try-A-Build, please contact, Trish Rampersad-Marinoni.


Thank you Canstruction® Waterloo Region Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring Canstruction® Waterloo Region, contact our Partnership Managers: Nicole Marinelli and Sally Sarachman


March 14 - 22, 2020


Conestoga Mall
550 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2L 5W6
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