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Caring Canadian Award: Frequently Asked Questions

How is someone chosen as a recipient of the Caring Canadian Award?

An independent Advisory Committee made up of Canadians from across the country meets to review submissions, and recipients are announced periodically.

How does the Caring Canadian Award relate to other awards given by the Governor General?

The Caring Canadian award is a complement to the Canadian Honours System, i.e. the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery.

What should a person keep in mind when completing a nomination form?

A good nomination will use plain language to tell the Committee what your nominee has done and how the contribution has helped others. If available, a current biographical sketch which includes dates of active participation in organizations, and any awards or honours earned by the nominee, is useful to the Advisory Committee. If letters of support or the names of two or three persons who are familiar with the candidate are offered, it helps reduce the required research time.

Are photocopies of the nomination form acceptable for use?


Is there a deadline for nominations?

No. The Advisory Committee meets periodically rather than at scheduled intervals.

What kind of biographical information is necessary to describe a candidate?

The dates and details about the candidates' unpaid work and how it has affected their community and fellow citizens provide the Committee with a valuable decision-making tool.

Do candidates have to be Canadian citizens?


Is it possible for a group of people to be considered for an award?

Yes; however, every person in the group must have contributed equally to be eligible.

Is a Town or City Councillor, or Mayor eligible for consideration, especially one who has volunteered extensively?

Even if a political official has extensive volunteer experience, consideration for an award is given only after he or she ceases to serve in office.

Is there any age requirement?

No. Young people are particularly welcome.

Do candidates have to be active volunteers when being considered for an award?

No; however, their past voluntary contributions should have been extensive.

Can I nominate myself or a family member for the award?

It is preferable if the nominator is not related to the candidate.

How does the decision-making process work?

Once a nomination for a candidate is received, research is undertaken to confirm facts and then a summary of information about each candidate is presented to the Advisory Committee for review. The Committee submits their choices of recipients to the Governor General, who has the right to accept or decline their suggestions.

How long does the process take?

A year is not an uncommon time period to research an award candidate.

Will I be advised on the outcome of the decision regarding my nomination?

You can check on the status of a candidate by calling the Chancellery at 1-800-465-6890.

If a nominee is not chosen for an award, is it possible to re-nominate that person?

If substantial new information is presented regarding a candidate, it is possible to present a candidate for further Committee review.

Can I nominate someone who is deceased?

No, posthumous nominations are not accepted.

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