To be eligible, candidates must:
- be Canadian citizens;
- be 18 years of age or older.
The project, initiative, activity or work in which the candidate has played a key role, can be carried out at any level – national, regional, provincial or local – and be delivered in either official language.
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) while serving in office;
- Senators, while serving in office;
- past recipients of the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism within the last ten years;
- Employees of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Please note that candidates will not be considered posthumously.
Eligibility Criteria for Not-for-profit Canadian Organizations and Associations
As part of the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism, the Award recipient is required to choose a registered not-for-profit Canadian organization or association (but not an individual) to which the Multiculturalism Program will direct a $20,000 grant.
The registered not-for-profit Canadian organization or association chosen by the Paul Yuzyk Award recipient 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 Multiculturalism Program objectives;
- have a sound governance structure;
- comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles;
- have a history of at least three years delivering projects relevant to the objectives of the Multiculturalism Program and must demonstrate a track record of achievements for these projects;
- submit a report outlining related activities undertaken with the funds that meet the Multiculturalism Program objectives within one year of receiving the grant; and
- submit to the Multiculturalism Program any requested input for inclusion in the Annual Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act.
The award recipient may designate a registered not-for-profit organization over which he or she presides or by which he or she is employed to receive the grant, providing that the organization meets all the eligibility requirements noted above.
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