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Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and for Teaching Excellence in STEM

Awards to Canada Teachers and Groups of Teachers
for Exceptional Achievements in Education

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Deadline Date:

04/27/21 11:59 AM Pacific Time; Postmarked for mailed nominations.


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Awards to Canada elementary and secondary school teachers and groups of teachers from any discipline to honor exceptional contributions to education, as well as for excellence in STEM education. Award recipients will receive a certificate from the Prime Minister and national recognition for their achievements in education.

This awards program includes:

  • The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence: These awards honor outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines for their remarkable educational achievements and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation‑based economy. 
  • The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence in STEM: These awards recognize inspirational Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers at the elementary or secondary school level who keep students engaged in STEM learning and who help develop the culture of innovation that Canada needs today, and in the future.

Teachers are eligible for two awards:

  •  The national Certificate of Excellence
    •  Recipients are traditionally invited to Ottawa to receive their award from the Prime Minister or his designate.
    •  Recipients receive a certificate and letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister.
    •  Each recipient's school also receives a certificate.
  • The regional Certificate of Achievement
    •  Recipients are traditionally honored locally at school events and receive their award from their Member of Parliament or local leader, as appropriate.
    •  Recipients receive a certificate and letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister.
    •  Each recipient's school also receives a certificate.

The regional evaluators look for clear evidence that nominees have excelled in all of the following five areas:

  • Digital and Creative Literacy in the Classroom
  • Innovative and Exemplary Teaching Practices
  • Support Student Success and Skills Development
  • Global Citizenship and Community Involvement
  • Commitment and Leadership

Applications for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and for Teaching Excellence in STEM are judged on the same selection criteria. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 144481

Number of Grants:

Up to 35 awards (10 Excellence, 25 Achievement) are offered for Teaching Excellence and up to 17 awards (2 Excellence, 15 Achievement) for Teaching Excellence in STEM.

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Recipients of the award receive the following:

- A certificate from the Prime Minister
- Promotion of their best teaching practices
- National recognition for their contribution to excellence in education in Canada

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees - At the time of nomination, all nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Nominees must be certified to teach in a public or private school in a Canadian province/territory.
- A nominee's teaching certification must be in good standing with their provincial/territorial governing body.
- Nominees must have taught in a Canadian school at the elementary or secondary level at least 2.5 days per week in a classroom setting for a minimum of three years and must still be teaching at the time of nomination.
- Nominees must not be past Certificate of Excellence recipients.

All PMA recipients are expected to conform to the program's Code of Conduct (see

You can nominate an individual teacher or a group of up to three teachers who work together. Each member of a team must meet the eligibility requirements described above.

Nominators - Nominators may be any person or group with direct knowledge of the nominee's contribution, such as:

- Students
- Parents
- Colleagues
- School principal or supervisor, etc.

The following are not acceptable nomination methods:

- Self-nominations
- Nominations from immediate family members
- Posthumous nominations

Pre-Application Information:

The nomination deadline has been extended due to COVID-19. Nomination packages must be submitted to the Prime Minister's Awards program office by April 27, 2021 — 11:59 a.m. Pacific Time.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed nomination packages can be sent on-line, by email or by regular mail (see the nomination form in Supporting Documents below).

Email submissions must be sent to

If you are having trouble downloading the nomination form, you can use the PDF print only nomination form (ZIP, 278 KB) or email and you will be sent the form by email.

If you chose to submit a nomination by mail, send it to the following address:

Prime Minister's Awards
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5

Phone: 613-991-4255

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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