Eligibility

The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism consists of three awards – one in each of the following categories:

The activity in which the nominee has played a key role can be carried out at any level in Canada – national, regional, provincial/territorial or local – and in either official language.

The selection of an award recipient in each category is at the discretion of the Minister for Multiculturalism. In exceptional cases, where a recipient is not selected in a particular category, more than one recipient may be selected in another category.

Youth award

To be eligible, candidates in this category must:

  • be Canadian citizens;
  • be between 15 to 24 years of age at the time of nomination;
  • be emerging leaders in their school or community; and
  • have worked for at least one year within the past three years to promote a welcoming and inclusive multicultural society in Canada.

Organization award

To be eligible, candidates in this category must:

  • be Canadian organizations that have been active contributors in advancing Canadian multiculturalism over a period of at least three years; and
  • be registered or legally recognized groups such as:
    • non-governmental organizations;
    • social enterprises;
    • for-profit businesses;
    • not-for-profit organizations; or
    • associations, foundations and registered charities.

Lifetime Achievement Award

To be eligible, candidates in this category must:

  • be Canadian citizens;
  • be 25 years of age or older at the time of nomination; and
  • have demonstrated ongoing dedication to promoting a strong multicultural society in Canada over a period of at least 10 years.

OR

Outstanding Achievement Award

To be eligible, candidates in this category must:

  • be Canadian citizens;
  • be 25 years of age or older at the time of nomination; and
  • be an individual or group of individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian multiculturalism for at least one year within the last five years.

See Assessment process for scoring information.

Other conditions

The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism is open to all Canadian citizens, with the exception of:

  • elected officials of government (municipal, provincial, territorial or federal) currently serving in office;
  • Senators currently serving in office;
  • past recipients of the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism;
  • employees of the Government of Canada; and
  • posthumous nominations.

Eligibility criteria for grant recipients

Award recipients are required to choose a registered not-for-profit Canadian organization or association (not an individual) to which the Government of Canada will direct a $10,000 grant.

The recipient organization must:

  • be registered as a not-for-profit organization with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA);
  • seek to promote the advancement of the Government of Canada’s multiculturalism objectives;
  • have a sound governance structure;
  • comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles;
  • have a history of at least three years of delivering projects relevant to multiculturalism and must demonstrate a track record of achievements for these projects;
  • submit a report outlining related activities undertaken with the funds that meet the Government of Canada’s multiculturalism objectives within one year of receiving the grant; and
  • submit to Citizenship and Immigration Canada any requested input for inclusion in the Annual Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act.

Award recipients may choose to direct the award grant to a registered not-for-profit organization over which they preside or by which they are employed, providing that the organization meets all the eligibility requirements noted above.

 
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