Awards for Ontario Residents
Help recognize outstanding contributions by nominating community groups or individuals for one of the following awards.
Click the award title for criteria, eligibility and nomination instructions.
Volunteer Service Awards
The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards honour the thousands of people who generously contribute their time as volunteers across Ontario. These awards are an important way to recognize volunteers who have provided service over many years. Nomination Deadline: January 25 each year
Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers
The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers recognizes the outstanding achievements of youth volunteers across the province. By honouring outstanding contributions made by youth volunteers, this award recognizes exceptional young people as role models. Many of our youth volunteers are future leaders. Up to 10 recipients are chosen each year. Nomination Deadline: January 31 each year
Newcomer Champion Awards
Newcomer Champion Awards recognize individuals and groups who have made a difference in their community and province through active citizenship and engagement. Award recipients are champions of voluntarism, proud supporters of newcomers, and advocates of greater social and civic inclusion. Nomination Deadline: March 15 each year. All nominations received after that date will be considered for the following year. Nominations may be submitted at any time.
The Order of Ontario
The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest honour. It recognizes Ontarians who have made an outstanding contribution to society in Ontario and around the world. Past recipients have contributed to education, the arts, community and public service, science and medicine, citizenship and multiculturalism, business, sports, and many other fields. Those who are invested into the Order of Ontario are considered an example of excellence to all Ontarians. Nomination deadline: March 16 of each year. If March 16 falls on a weekend or holiday, nominations are accepted until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.
Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence
This award was created to recognize and foster the spirit of innovation that thrives in Ontario's agricultural sector. It encourages the development of rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth. Nomination Deadline: April 10 each year
Senior of the Year Award
Recipients of the Ontario Senior of the Year Award are people who have made their communities better places to live. Recipients must be over 65 years old. Only municipalities can nominate seniors for this award. Information about nominations is provided each year to about 200 municipalities in Ontario. 2016 Nomination Deadline: June 15
Lincoln M. Alexander Award
Since 1993, The Lincoln M. Alexander Award has recognized young people who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in eliminating racial discrimination. Each year, three young people, between the ages of 16 and 25, receive an award of $5,000 each and a framed scroll. Nomination Deadline: May 31 each year. If May 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, nominations are accepted until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.
The Ontario Senior Achievement Award
The Ontario Senior Achievement Award program celebrates the significant voluntary and professional accomplishments and contributions made by Ontarians over the age of 65. The Minister Responsible for Seniors will join the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in presenting the awards in a ceremony at Queen's Park. Nomination Deadline: June 15 each year. If June 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, nominations are accepted until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.
The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship
Established in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship honours Ontarians who, through exceptional, term efforts, have made outstanding contributions to life in their communities. Nominations may be submitted online by visiting the website, or download the PDF format from the website and submit by mail. Nomination Deadline: July 17 each year. If July 17 falls on a weekend or holiday, nominations are accepted until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.
The Council Award, Honouring Outstanding Ontario Physicians
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is seeking to recognize outstanding physicians who have demonstrated excellence and come closest to meeting society's vision of an "ideal physician". Nomination Deadline: October 1st.
The Ontario Heritage Trust Recognition Programs
The Ontario Heritage Trust offers three recognition programs for outstanding contributions made to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage. Nomination Deadline: September 30
Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts
This is an opportunity to show support for an artist or arts organization in Ontario that you feel deserves to be in the spotlight. Awards are conferred in two categories: Individual Artist, and Arts Organization. Nomination deadline: December 2 of the year prior.
June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism
The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism recognizes individuals and groups who have made an exceptional contribution to voluntarism in Ontario. Nomination deadline: December 5 each year. If December 5 falls on a weekend or holiday, nominations are accepted until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.