National Fact Sheet

Annual Statistical Review 2014

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

  Male Female
Bronze 3,985 3,967
Silver 1154 1485
Gold 562 770
Total New Registrants - 11,823

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

  Male Female
Bronze 1,179 1,545
Silver 593 784
Gold 296 365
Total Awards Gained - 4,762

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

 Total Participants

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting self-development Programme available to all young people ages 14-24 equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. To date over 500,000 young people from Canada and 8 million youth in 140 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 Programme 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 140 countries, as the International Award for Young People. 
  • 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 44,800 young Canadians are currently participating in the Award Programme
  • Last year over 11,800 young people in Canada started The Award for the first time, and over 4,760 young people achieved their Award.