Governor General's Innovation Awards

The objectives of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards are to celebrate excellence in innovation across all sectors of Canadian society and inspire Canadians, particularly Canadian youth, to be entrepreneurial innovators. 

Eligibility: Nominees must be living Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Posthumous nominations are not eligible. Nominees may be from any sector of activity – the arts, sciences, business, not-for-profit or community-based, for example. Nominees can be at any stage in their life or career. The aim is to have at least one young innovator among the winners who is 30 years of age or younger and who,  individually or as leader of a team and/or organization, has been undertaking exceptional, transformative and innovative activities. The innovations for which nominees are proposed must be demonstrably having an active impact in the economy or society.

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. The deadlines set by nominating partners are typically in September and October. 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

September 30, 2023September 30, 2023 *
June 15, 2023 Jun. 15, 2023 June 15, 2023 16:00:00 June 15, 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.