Governor General's Innovation Awards

The purpose of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards is to inspire Canadians to embrace innovation and to emulate innovative, entrepreneurial risk-takers who have developed new or better ways of creating value and who are having a meaningful impact on our quality of life.

Eligibility: Canadian citizen or permanent resident; for Young Innovator category must be under 30 years of age.

Note: These are institutional nominations. There is a two-stage merit-review selection process. Nominations will only be accepted from the nominating partners via their official contact person. Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA) coordinates the internal selection of nominees and/or institutional endorsements/external expert reviews. To promote equity, diversity and inclusion, departments and faculties should ensure that all eligible candidates are considered and given the opportunity to self-identify. To recommend a candidate to the President’s Advisory Committee on Awards, Honours and Prizes, please submit a candidate suggestion form by the internal deadline. For more information, please contact

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Upcoming Deadlines

November 18, 2023November 18, 2023 *
June 13, 2023 Jun. 13, 2023 June 13, 2023 16:00:00 June 13, 2023 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Governor General's Innovation Awards Recognizes current or recent innovations that have a positive impact on the quality of life in Canada. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.