Governor General’s Awards 2018 for Gender Equality Advocates (Canadians Only)

Governor General’s Awards 2018 for Gender Equality Advocates (Canadians Only)

Deadline: July 4, 2018

Status of Women Canada is calling for nominations for the 2018 Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Each year, these awards recognize Canadians, including youth, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality. Gender equality depends on all people – regardless of gender – being empowered with opportunities to participate fully in democratic and public life, to attain economic security, and to live free of violence.

The Government of Canada is firmly committed to achieving gender equality, and recognizing the contributions of individuals who are playing a key role in that effort is essential; their work can inspire others to make a difference in our country and around the world.


  • Laureates shall receive an insignia and shall be entitled to wear such insignia as the Governor General may, by ordinance, prescribe.


  • Nomination is open to groups and individuals. However individuals may not nominate themselves;
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens;
  • Youth award candidates must be between 15 and 30 years of age, and all other candidates must be over 30.


The following materials are to be enclosed with your nomination:

  • A statement of nomination (maximum of 250 words) describing why the individual would be deserving of this award. Note: Your statement of nomination should highlight all the actions the candidate has taken to advance the goal of equality for women and girls in Canada. It should also detail the candidate’s volunteer or paid work, the names of the organizations and/or communities involved and the responsibilities they had within these organizations;
  • Candidate’s résumé or curriculum vitæ
  • Letters of support (minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) single-page)

Click here for the nomination form

For more information, visit Persons Case Awards.