How we work
We are a federally registered charity and are in every Canadian province which has been segmented into ten divisions to better serve young Canadians. Each division is a separately registered charity that is licensed by the National Office and operates to provide direct support for youth and organizations who embark on the Award throughout the country. We strive to be the self-development program in which any young Canadian can participate, barrier-free, regardless of socio-economic or physical circumstance.
We strive to provide an Award that is self-directed and develops the whole person – mind, body and soul.
There are three levels to The Award; Bronze, Silver and Gold.
A young person can progress through each level or enroll directly to either the Silver (15 years and up) or the Gold (16 years and up). Each level requires an increasing level of commitment and effort. Young people have until their 25th birthday to complete The Award. Once participants have completed their Award, they receive a pin and certificate to mark their achievement, and may be able to attend a ceremony within their Province or Territory (depending on Award level and ceremony availability). Gold Award ceremonies are only presided over by the Governor General of Canada or by a member of the Royal Family when their schedule permits.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award recognizes participants milestones at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, during which they challenge themselves in the following areas: