Andrew Leslie

Your member of parliament for


Andrew Leslie

Your member of parliament for



Canada’s Volunteer Awards

Nominate a volunteer, not-for-profit organization or business for Canada’s Volunteer Awards today

The Government of Canada announced on November 15 that the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until February 3, 2017.

Canada’s Volunteer Awards recipients are nominated by Canadians, for Canadians. This is the chance for all Canadians, and particularly in Orléans, to nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business that demonstrates social responsibility in your community.

The Government of Canada is proud to acknowledge young volunteers. In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Emerging Leader category has been expanded from one national to five regional awards in order to recognize young volunteers for their contributions to their communities.

This year, 21 awards will be presented, and award recipients will have the opportunity to identify a not-for-profit organization of their choice to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 grant.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • One (1) national award – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award.
  • Five (5) regional awards – Emerging Leader, for young volunteers aged 18 to 30.
  • Five (5) regional awards – Community Leader, for individuals or groups of volunteers.
  • Five (5) regional awards – Business Leader, to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility.
  • Five (5) regional awards – Social Innovator, to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations.

Nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit organization or a business today! For more information and to submit a nomination, visit

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“Volunteers across the country give countless hours of their time to strengthen our communities. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary as an inclusive, diverse country, I encourage all Canadians to consider the volunteers and organizations who are making a difference in their lives, and nominate them for Canada’s Volunteer Awards.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“I’m very happy to announce the launch of the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards. I invite all to nominate a volunteer, a business or a not-for-profit organization that is making a difference in our communities. This is a great way to say thank you and to give back to your community!

– The Honourable Andrew Leslie, Member of Parliament for Orléans

Quick Facts

  • Almost 13 million Canadians aged 15 years and over give of their time, and almost twice as many (82 percent) give money to a charitable or not‑for‑profit organization.
  • In 2013, volunteers devoted almost 2 billion hours to their volunteer activities, or the equivalent of about 1 million full-time jobs.
  • In 2015, Canada ranked sixth in the World Giving Index, which aims to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world.
  • In 2013, 66 percent of youth age 15 to 19 had done some volunteer work and 42 percent of youth age 20 to 34 had volunteered.

More information

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Guidelines for Nominations