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Canada’s Volunteer Awards

The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the significant contribution volunteers make to communities across Canada. Canada’s Volunteer Awards complement other government activities that engage individuals at the community level to promote partnerships and leverage resources across sectors to address persistent social problems.

The objective of Canada’s Volunteer Awards is to recognize annually and bring national prominence to the contributions individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses make to their communities through volunteering. This aligns with the Government of Canada’s interest in promoting innovative solutions to local problems.

There are a total of 21 awards, both at the regional and the national levels.

There are 20 regional awards, four for each of the five regions across Canada (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and British Columbia and the North):

  • Emerging Leader (youth 18 to 30);
  • Community Leader (for individual volunteers or groups of volunteers);
  • Business Leader (for businesses); and
  • Social Innovator (for not-for-profit organizations).

There is also one national award:

  • Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award (generally for those who have volunteered for at least 20 years).

Recipients are selected through a three-step assessment process:

  1. Department officials screen nominations to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Regional Reviewers (volunteer representatives from across the country) assess eligible nominations based on the assessment criteria and develop a list of top‑ranked nominations for the National Advisory Committee.
  3. A National Advisory Committee comprising up to 15 volunteer members from various regions of Canada is selected by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. The National Advisory Committee assesses the top-ranked nominations and advises the Minister on final decisions.

About the National Advisory Committee Members

The National Advisory Committee (NAC) members will advise and assist the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (ESDC) on all matters relating to the selection of award recipients.

The Committee will consist of up to 15 volunteer members.

Committee members will serve for a three-year term with possibility of extensions by one-year increments, for a maximum term of six years.

Members will be selected by the Minister of ESDC.

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