Awards of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievements made by individuals – adults, youth, and children – and organizations.

We celebrate excellence in five categories of achievement that benefit everyone by making Vancouver more green, healthy, diverse, and accessible.

  •  Nomination opens
    March 4, 2019
  •  Nomination deadline
    April 18 at 5pm
  •  Winners honoured at awards ceremony
    July 12

Nominations open March 4

Nominations will be accepted online starting Monday, March 4 until Thursday, April 18, and are open to anyone who lives, works, volunteers, or goes to school in Vancouver. 

Nominations are open to organizations and businesses based in Vancouver. 


Eligible nominations are reviewed by a Nomination Sub-Committee, which makes recommendations to Council based on:

  • Scope: The range of activities and breadth of influence or inspiration of the achievement 
  • Achievement: The significance of the achievement itself, with consideration given to creativity, innovation, and general significance of the activity for the individual or community
  • Impact: The potential for fundamental and lasting positive change
  • Method: The manner in which the activities were performed, for example, with creativity, innovation, inclusivity, consultation, and collaboration

Each award category can have up to 3 recipients, including one child or youth (21 years or younger), one individual, and one business or organization. Child and youth recipients receive a $500 bursary with their Award of Excellence.  

Awards ceremony

Awards will be presented by Mayor Stewart and City Councillors at a public ceremony on July 12 from 5:30pm to 8pm at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

People interested in attending the award ceremony will be able to register for free tickets in June.


Accessible City

Recognizes those who improve access and inclusion for persons with disabilities, or remove barriers and create opportunities.

Civic Volunteer

Recognizes those who excel at volunteering to make Vancouver a better place to live, work, and play.

Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrates the leadership of those who support inclusion, and advocate for communities to be free of racism and discrimination.

Greenest City Leadership

Recognizes those who have made significant contributions to advancing our goal of becoming the Greenest City in the world.

Healthy City for All

Recognizes those who lead projects that create a thriving, healthy, and liveable city for everyone.