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Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
Volunteer Award

Eligibility and Nominations

Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deserving individual – or a group if each member is equally eligible – as candidate for the Caring Canadian Award, our volunteer award. Nomination forms are available from the Chancellery, Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A1, or from toll-free line (1-800-465-6890)

The Chancellery of Honours keeps all nominations confidential to respect privacy and to avoid disappointment if the nominee is not selected. We ask that nominators and others involved respect this policy.

Nominations should be accompanied by biographical notes detailing the contributions of the nominee, including what the nominee has done and how the contribution has helped others, and dates of active participation in organizations. It is helpful to include the names of persons who could provide factual information about why the individual deserves the honour. It is also helpful to offer information on any other awards or honours earned by the nominee.

There is no deadline for nominations, as it is an on-going process. It takes a year to a year and a half for the nomination to be submitted to the Advisory Committee, made up of Canadians from across the country. Nominees must be Canadian citizens, preferably not related to the nominator.

All Canadian citizens are eligible for the Caring Canadian Award, and young people are particularly welcome. Political officials may be considered for the Award only after they cease to hold office. Posthumous nominations are not accepted.

Updated: 2018-03-26
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