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10th Anniversary of the Genworth Canada Meaning of Home Contest

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Genworth Canada is supporting Habitat for Humanity Canada and affiliates across the country in giving families a safe and decent place to live, with the help of students in our local community through the annual Meaning of Home contest.

The 10th annual Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest invites grade 4, 5 and 6 students from coast to coast to submit a written essay, poem or video that reveals what home means to them for a chance to direct $50,000 to a Habitat Affiliate of their choice, as well as receive an iPad, a pizza party for their class and a $1,000 donation to their school!

To celebrate the 10th year of the contest, an additional ten runners-up will each receive a $5,000 grant to direct to a Habitat Affiliate of their choice, along with an iPod touch and a pizza party for their class. Genworth Canada will also donate an additional $10 to local Habitat Affiliates for each entry submitted, giving each student the opportunity to make a difference in their own community.

By encouraging students and teachers from all across Canada to participate in the Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest, young people learn how to be engaged, compassionate citizens while directly supporting the home-building initiatives of Habitat Affiliates – a one-of-a-kind opportunity for young people to make a real impact in their communities.

"The Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest becomes more rewarding each year," says Anita Booth, Director, Marketing and Community Relations with Genworth Canada. "By encouraging students to become more engaged, we are teaching them to become more compassionate community members, all while educating on the need for more affordable housing in Canada. We are proud to have provided over $900,000 in funding for Habitat for Humanity across Canada since the contest started in 2007."

"The continuing generosity of Genworth Canada ensures that more families will experience the stability and independence they need through affordable homeownership," says Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "Communities across the country benefit from the inspiring creativity we see every year in stories written by Canadian students about what home means to them."

Students can submit their entries between October 3 and November 30th. For more information on contest rules, or to submit an entry, visit www.meaningofhome.ca. The contest winner and runners-up will be announced in February, 2017.

About Genworth MI Canada Inc.

Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) through its subsidiary, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (Genworth Canada), is the largest private residential mortgage insurer in Canada. The Company provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders, making homeownership more accessible to first-time homebuyers. Genworth Canada differentiates itself through customer service excellence, innovative processing technology, and a robust risk management framework. For more than two decades, Genworth Canada has supported the housing market by providing thought leadership and a focus on the safety and soundness of the mortgage finance system. As at June 30, 2016, the Company had $6.4 billion total assets and $3.6 billion shareholders' equity. Find out more at www.genworth.ca.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working towards a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. With the help of over 70,000 volunteers every year and 56 affiliate organizations from coast to coast, our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty in Canada and around the world. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.

SOURCE Genworth Canada

For further information: Genworth Canada: Anita Booth, Director of Marketing and Community Relations - anita.booth@genworth.com - 905-287-5394; Habitat for Humanity Canada: Sarah Anderson Austin, Senior Manager, Communications - SAustin@habitat.ca, 416-644-0988 x302

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