How to Apply


The Canada Awards for Excellence Program is the most prestigious in Canada, under the Patronage of His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., the Governor General of Canada.

 

1) Study the Requirements

The application process is quite rigorous, so be sure to fully review the Canada Awards for Excellence Entry Guide and Category Requirements before you decide to apply. We will be pleased to answer any question and address any concerns you may have, so you can make the right decision for you and your organization.

The Canada Awards for Excellence recognizes the nation’s very best organizations, in all sectors and in all industries. The Requirements for each award Category can be found here:

If you believe that your organization has reached a high level of effectiveness in every area of operations and is committed to improving quality, leadership, customer service, and a healthy workplace for employees, you may very well be eligible to receive recognition under the Canada Awards for Excellence Program.

 

2) Apply for the Award

Organizations can choose one of three approaches when applying for an Award under any of the Categories

Benchmarking Assessment – This is a “Full-Service” approach wherein a team of Excellence Canada experts will visit your organization to facilitate an assessment against the appropriate Requirements, administer a staff survey, perform on-site inquiries and focus-group interviews, review documentation, and then prepare and deliver a full report to management on strengths, opportunities, and overall scores toward recognition under the Canada Awards for Excellence Program at the appropriate level. If the organization wishes to proceed to receive an Award, the fully-prepared submission is delivered to the Canada Awards for Excellence adjudication committee for review and confirmation that the requirements have been met. 
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Direct Application – This is a “Do-It-Yourself” approach wherein organizations that have reviewed the Award requirements and feel they are ready to prepare a submission can purchase the Canada Awards for Excellence Assessment Guide and Submission Kit in the category of their choice and complete the process internally, with or without external coaching. Prepare your own submission by self-assessing against the Requirements at the desired level of recognition. Then you will explain how your organization satisfies each Requirement, providing collateral evidence to support the assertions. This submission is then reviewed by Canada Awards for Excellence verifiers, followed by a site-visit, staff survey, and on-site interviews with focus groups. Then the verifiers report is delivered to the Canada Awards for Excellence adjudication committee for review and confirmation that the requirements have been met.  
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Progressive Certification – This method is favoured by organizations already engaged on an Excellence Journey that have been following the progressive implementation methodology of one of the Categories. Once they have achieved certification at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level they can apply for recognition under the Canada Awards for Excellence Program at the same level without further preparation.
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3) Submit the “Intent to Apply” Form

When you have decided to apply for an award category at any level, submit your Intent to Apply form, in PDF or MS Word format. Once you have sent your form to awards@excellence.ca please call 1-800-263-9648 ext 233 to speak with the Manager, Certification and Awards, who will confirm delivery and provide guidance on the next actions to take. We will support you each step of the way.