VIU Student Press

Creating condoms for Canada

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By Sports and Lifestyle Editor Cole Schisler

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, ONE condoms is holding a contest for Canadians to design condom wrappers that best represent Canadian life, culture, and values.

10 winning designs will be chosen. Five will be chosen by popular vote, there will also be five regional winners: Northern Canada, Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, and by popular vote.

Each of the winners will receive a cash prize, and a year’s supply of condoms featuring their design, (supply may vary based on lifestyle choices). They will also have an artist page on onecondoms.ca and a donation of 10,000 condoms to their Canadian health organization or school of choice. Imagine being the artist who gives 10,000 condoms to VIU, you’d be a fucking legend, literally.

Along with the donation of 10,000 condoms, ONE will also donate a total of 150,000 condoms to various Canadian organizations dedicated to promoting sexual health education and outreach.

“We’re very excited to launch our first-ever Canadian condom wrapper collection. For more than a decade, our condom wrapper design contests have given people a platform to express their passion for art and sexual health,” said Davin Wedel, founder and president of ONE Condoms. “We can’t wait to see the creative submissions representing and celebrating what it means to be ONE Canada,” added Wedel.

ONE was founded in 2004 with a belief that placing unique artwork on condom wrappers would help spark conversation about the use of condoms, and facilitate discussions around sexual health. Condoms remain the most effective method to prevent sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancies, (other than abstinence, of course.)

“We believe that colourful and relevant artwork on condom wrappers serves as a conversation starter and helps break down stigma around sexual health education and outreach. Self expression is a cornerstone at ONE, and our design contests allow artists and advocates to use their talents to start conversations about condoms,” said Jared Maraio, senior director of brand strategy, ONE Condoms.

The deadline for the ONE Canada Design Contest submissions is May 7, 2017 at midnight. Public voting will begin in May, and the winners will be announced this July.  More contest information, including submission and voting details, is available at: www.onecondoms.ca/contest.


Cole is a second-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in creative writing, minoring in political science. He has an interest in all things exciting, mundane, or otherwise. He hopes to one day become an author, actor, comedian, editor, and rapper, while moonlighting as an astronaut.