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Ontario Honours and Awards

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Ontario’s medal and recognition programs celebrate the people who make our province a better place to live.

The programs acknowledge outstanding achievement in education, health care, business, science and medicine, community service, the arts, and many other fields.  Two programs specifically honour police officers and firefighters for superlative acts of courage and bravery.

Volunteer award programs recognize the contributions of volunteers of all ages from seniors to youth.

The Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat manages Ontario’s medal and recognition programs as well as special commemorations and celebrations such as Canada Day at Queen’s Park.

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Medal and recognition programs

Order of OntarioOrder of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour for outstanding qualities of individual excellence and achievement in any field.

Deadline: March 16

Ontario Medal for Firefighter BraveryOntario Medal for Firefighter Bravery honours firefighters for superlative acts of courage and bravery.

Deadline: August 31

Ontario Volunteer Service AwardOntario Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals for 5 to 60+ years of continuous service in a given organization - youth are recognized for 2+ years of volunteer service.

Deadline: January 25

Ontario Medal for Young VolunteersOntario Medal for Young Volunteers salutes young volunteers (ages 15 – 24) for their outstanding achievement.

Deadline: January 15

Lincoln M. AlexanderLincoln M. Alexander Award recognizes young people who have demonstrated excellent leadership in eliminating racial discrimination.

Deadline: May 31

James BartlemanJames Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award recognizes Aboriginal youth for their creative writing talent.

Deadline: May 31

Ontario Senior Achievement AwardOntario Senior Achievement Award recognizes individuals who, after the age of 65, have made significant contributions to their communities.

Deadline: June 15

Ontario Medal for Good CitizenshipOntario Medal for Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who have made exceptional, long-term contributions to the well-being of their communities.

Deadline: July 17

Ontario Medal for Police BraveryOntario Medal for Police Bravery honours police officers for outstanding acts of courage and bravery.

Deadline: August 31

June CallwoodJune Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes individuals and groups for their exceptional volunteer contributions to their communities and to the province.

Deadline: December 5

Lieutenant GovernorLieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award for Students salutes students graduating from an Ontario secondary school who have been outstanding volunteers.

Deadline: Not applicable

Lieutenant GovernorDavid C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility recognizes Ontarians who have gone above and beyond in improving accessibility for people with disabilities.

Deadline: December 3

Hilary M. WestonHilary M. Weston Scholarship is a scholarship for graduate level social work students in the area of mental health.

Deadline: December 15

Ontario Senior of the Year AwardOntario Senior of the Year Award local municipalities recognize an outstanding senior who after the age of 65 has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of the community.

Deadline: April 30

Contact Us

Email: ontariohonoursandawards@ontario.ca

Phone: 416-314-7526
Toll-free: 1-877-832-8622
TTY: 416-327-2391

Mail: Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
400 University Avenue, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2R9