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National Fact Sheet

Annual Statistical Review 2015

New Registrants
How many young people joined the Award for the first time during the year?

Bronze 8,587
Silver 1.896
Gold 1,244 
Total New Registrants   -    11,727


Awards Gained
How many young people completed an Award during the year?

 
Bronze 2,447
Silver 1,234
Gold 662
Total Awards Gained -         4,343


Participants
How many young people have actively participated in the Award during the year?

 Total Participants
 50,407


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the worlds leading youth development Award. We believe that not all learning happens in the classroom and our program is available to all young people ages 14-24. Our aim is to equip young people for life. To date over 750,000 young people from Canada and 10 million youth in 142 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956 in the United Kingdom and was started in Canada in 1963
  • It gives young people aged 14-24, regardless of circumstance or ability, an opportunity to experience challenge and adventure, to acquire new skills and to make new friends.
  • The Award Program comprises four sections. The Service Section is intended to develop a sense of community and social responsibility. The Adventurous Journey Section aims to cultivate a spirit of adventure and discovery and an understanding of the environment. The Skills Section develops cultural, vocational and practical skills and the Physical Recreation Section encourages improved performance and fitness. The Residential Project (an additional requirement at Gold level only) aims to broaden horizons through a worthwhile residential experience.
  • There are three Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each requires an increasing level of commitment and effort. The Bronze usually takes 6-12 months to complete, the Silver 12-18 and the Gold 18-24 months.
  • The Award now operates in 142 countries, as The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award 
  • In Canada, Silver Awards are presented provincially by either the Lieutenant Governor or the Commissioner. Gold Awards by; the National Chairperson, His Excellency, The Governor General of Canada OR a member of the Royal Family, generally His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
  • The International Chairman of the Award is HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The Canadian President is Lou Gizzarelli, from Markham, Ontario.  
  • Over 50,400 young Canadians are currently participating in the Award Program
  • Last year over 11,727 young people in Canada started The Award for the first time, and over 4,343
  • young people achieved their Award.