Ontario’s medal and recognition programs celebrate the people who make our province a better place to live.

The programs acknowledge outstanding achievement in education, health care, business, science and medicine, community service, the arts, and many other fields. Two programs specifically honour police officers and firefighters for superlative acts of courage and bravery.

Volunteer award programs recognize the contributions of volunteers of all ages from seniors to youth.

Michael Chan, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, is calling for nominations for the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for 2016.

The Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers is presented to young volunteers between the ages of 15 and 24 for their actions and dedication to improve the quality of life in their communities and beyond. Its deadline is January 15, 2016.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards is given in recognition of continuous years of service to a single community organization. Its deadline is January 25, 2016.

If you have any questions, please call 416-314-7526, toll-free 1-877-832-8622 or TTY 416-327-2391.