Canstruction® is a non-profit competition that decreases hunger and fights poverty in Toronto and cities around the world. Each year, teams of designers, architects and engineers – students and professionals – donate their time to build massive, incredible structures from cans of food, with donations going to the Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto’s largest community food bank. In this city alone, more than 800,000 client visits happen each year, approximately 32 per cent of them children, use food-relief programs.

With one can of food as a catalyst for change, One Can® to represent the building block of change, Canstruction proves that small acts of kindness improve the lives of people in need. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed more than 17.5 million pounds of food to food programs around the world, demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

Check out this video from our recent Canstruction Toronto 2014 event:

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Canstruction 2015 is here!

December 18, 2014

Canstruction Toronto is pleased to host its 16th event, and is inviting all architectural, engineering and design firms to participate in this year’s event. 

Key dates for this year are as follows:

Jan 8, 2015 – Information Night – 6pm at Design Exchange

Jan 16, 2015 – Deadline for Registration

Feb 13, 2015 – Design Submission Deadline

May 4, 2015 – Build Night

May 5, 2015 – Judging and Awards Gala

May 5-9, 2015 – Open to Public

May 10, 2015 - Decanstruction


You can find more information on the registration form for Canstruction 2015.


Please get the word out to your office and get a team together in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank.


Take up the challenge to show the world that the GTA design industry cares about our community!


Please Note:


Information Night for Canstruction is on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Design Exchange 234 Bay Street, Toronto (there will be signage directing you to the room).

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Past Event Images

Hunger, Just Like the Enemy, is not Welcome Here - Best Meal
A Queen's Feast - Best Use of Labels
BA Consulting Group Ltd.
This Loon Sure CAN Fish! - Structural Ingenuity & People's Choice
Aercoustics Engineering w/ Rebanks Pepper Littlewood Architects
CANPANION PLANTING: A Three Sisters' Wampum Belt - Juror's Favorite
Cannon Design
CAN't Let Hunger Slide - Honorable Mention
Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.
Bay Street Shark Attack - Take a Bite Out of Hunger
Diamond Schmitt Architects with Read Jones Christoffersen
Hunger Games: Hunger is not a game
ARK Petroff Architects
Crushing Hunger
Isherwood Associates
World Pride Toronto
Gensler Architecture/Design
Windn't You Like to End Hunger?
Stephenson Engineering
Giving is the New Black
GHD Canada (The Sernas Group Inc).
The Elephant in the Room
Set Sail to Hunger
Hatch Ltd.
Table of CANtents
ARUP Canada Inc.
You Don't Have to be a Superhero to Fight Hunger
Q4 Architects