There are numerous volunteer awards programs in Canada at the national, provincial and local levels. These awards recognize the impressive impact volunteers have on our communities. Click the links below for application guidelines and deadlines. For more information on local volunteer awards, contact your local volunteer centre.
Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. Members of the public are invited to share their stories about deserving Canadians by submitting a nomination to the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.
For details, visit the Governor General’s website.
Canada’s Volunteer Awards Program
The Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA) recognize the outstanding contributions of individual volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country in their communities.
For program details, visit the Employment and Social Development Canada website.
3M Health Leadership Award
This national award celebrates leaders who have a positive impact on the health and well-being of their communities. Those recognized by the award understand that health starts where we live, learn, work and play.
For details, visit the 3M Health Leadership Award website.
Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award
The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of the community. Six awards are presented annually—two in each category of youth, adult and senior.
BC Community Achievement Award
The British Columbia Community Achievement Awards celebrate British Columbians who devote significant time and energy to making their communities more caring and resilient.
For more information, contact the British Columbia Achievement Award at (604) 261-9777.
Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner
Volunteer Manitoba and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries honour the contributions of individuals and groups that enrich the lives of Manitobans. For a listing of all 12 award categories, please visit www.volunteermanitoba.ca/awards
Newfoundland and Labrador
URock Volunteer Award
The URock Volunteer Award was established in January 2010. It recognizes the contributions of young people and organizations with a connection to young people who give their time and effort to improving their communities. Nominations are made in two categories: individuals and organizations or non-profits. This award is meant to show young volunteers that they are the rock of their communities; they have a positive impact and make great things happen. It tells them, “You Rock!”
Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Medal
In recognition of the International Year of Volunteers in 2001, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the Volunteer Medal. It recognizes the important work done by volunteers throughout the province. The prestigious medal is presented to 96 individuals across the province to recognize their long-term volunteer accomplishments.
Outstanding Volunteer Award
This awards program recognizes the important contribution volunteers make in the Northwest Territories. Since 1991, awards have been presented to individuals and organizations nominated by the public for their volunteer work. By drawing attention to these volunteers, the awards also highlight the role that all Northwest Territories volunteers play.
Representative Volunteer Award
This award is given to volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the community. This award is bestowed only once to an individual.
Model Volunteer Community Award
This award recognizes a community that has shown ongoing support for volunteers in making their community a better place to live. This award is bestowed only once to a community.
Youth Volunteer of the Year
This award recognizes a youth aged 13–24 who has made a significant contribution as a volunteer.
Corporate Volunteer Award
This award recognizes a corporation that has made significant contributions through employee volunteerism.
Volunteer Family Award
The recipient will be a family (any combination of two or more persons that are bound together over time, living in the same community) who has demonstrated outstanding and consistent care for the improvement of the community.
Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship
This award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional long-term contributions to the well-being of their communities.
Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers
This award salutes young volunteers (ages 15–24) for their outstanding achievement.
Ontario Newcomer Champion Award
This award recognizes individuals and groups for making a difference in the community through active citizenship and support of newcomers.
Ontario Senior Achievement Award
This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities, after the age of 65.
Ontario Volunteer Service Award
This is awarded to individuals for five to 60-plus years of continuous service with an organization. Youth are recognized for two or more years of volunteer service.
June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award
This award recognizes individuals and groups for their exceptional volunteer contributions to their communities and to the province.
Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award for Students
This award salutes students graduating from an Ontario secondary school who have been outstanding volunteers.
The Hommage bénévolat-Québec Awards
One of the province’s highest awards for volunteer effort, the Hommage bénévolat-Québec recognizes the community contributions of individuals and organizations.
Municipal Merit Award
This award pays tribute to citizens who have improved quality of life in the community through volunteer work.
The Dollard-Morin Award is handed out to volunteers who have made a significant contribution in sports and recreation.
Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal
This is awarded to individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to volunteering and community involvement.
The Commissioner's Award for Public/Volunteer Service
This award honours an outstanding individual who has made a significant volunteer contribution to the Yukon.
Youth Recognition Award
The Youth Recognition Award recognizes youth 18 years and under who have made positive volunteer contributions to improve the community.