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Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Awards to Canada Educators of Young
Children for Excellence in Education

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


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Awards to Canada early childhood educators or groups of educators for excellence in early childhood education. Award recipients are honored for their leadership and dedication to the profession, innovation and quality practices, involvement with community residents, and support of child development. Awardees will receive a certificate from the Prime Minister and national recognition for their contribution to excellence in education.

These awards honor outstanding and innovative early childhood educators for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices, and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life.

Early childhood educators are eligible for two awards:

  1. 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 center also receives a certificate.
  2.  The regional Certificate of Achievement:
    • Recipients are traditionally honored locally at community events and receive their award from their Member of Parliament or local leader, as appropriate.
    • Recipient receive a certificate and letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister.
    • Each recipient's center also receives a certificate.

In selecting award recipients, the committee looks for clear evidence showing that nominees have excelled in all of the following four areas:

  1. Support of child development
  2. Innovation
  3. Involvement with parents, families and the community
  4. Commitment and leadership in the field 

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GrantWatch ID#: 152902

Number of Grants:

Each year, the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education awards up to 5 Certificates of Excellence and up to 10 Certificates of Achievement.

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Recipients of the award receive the following:
- A certificate from the Prime Minister
- Promotion of their best practices in early education and care
- National recognition for their contribution to excellence in education in Canada

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

At the time of nomination, all nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Nominees must have successfully completed training in early childhood education and care.
- Nominees must work in a licensed early childhood setting, as defined by provincial or territorial government regulations.
- Nominees must provide hands-on, direct education and care to young children in a licensed Canadian ECE setting at least 15 hours per week and must have worked as an early childhood educator for at least 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 educator or a group of up to three educators who work together. Each member of a team must meet the eligibility requirements described above.

Some provinces and territories are beginning to integrate early childhood education programs into the K–12 system. Eligibility for individual or team nominations which may fall under both award categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact the PMA program office.

Nominators may be any person or group with direct knowledge of the nominee's contribution, such as:
- Parents
- Colleagues
- Center director or supervisor, etc.

The following are not acceptable nomination methods:
- Self-nominations
- Nominations from immediate family membersFootnote1.
- 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. Late entries will not be considered.

If sent by mail, make sure your package is postmarked by the deadline date.

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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 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 (91 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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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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