Who We Are

With more than 60 years of experience, we are an international Award for young people that equips them to be ready for the world and life.  The Award empowers young people to learn and grow through non-formal education, all while working towards a globally recognized accreditation. Our development framework is used by organizations that  work with young people ages 14-24.

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The Award Encourages Young People to Be

World-class Learning, Outside the Classroom

Millions have been impacted by the Award, experiencing first-hand that not all learning happens in the classroom.


Generated in social value for every dollar invested in the Award


Countries and territories


Participants across Canada


Volunteers support the award


Volunteer hours completed in 2020

1 million

Participants globally

A Champion of the Infinite Potential of Young People

Young people growing up in this modern, complicated world have many difficulties to face, and opportunities for personal achievement are often limited. The Award is intended to help both the young as well as those who are concerned for their welfare. [It] provides an introduction to worthwhile leisure activities and voluntary service, as a challenge to the satisfaction of achievement and encourages the development of young citizens.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh - Founder of the Award

Becoming World Ready

Hear from Award Holders on how the Award prepared them for their future.

How to Get Involved

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Participate in the Award

Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Learn goal setting, build your confidence and try new things! You'll gain skills, develop healthy habits, make friends, and achieve an Award that will make you #worldready.

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Provide the Award

Give young people the best possible start. Confidence, resilience, team working – just some of the skills young people get through their Award that help them in life and improve their chances of moving forward in education or getting a job.

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Partner With the Award

Transform young people’s lives. Open to all backgrounds, cultures and abilities, the Award empowers young people, raises their aspirations, and opens doors to employment. Together we can strengthen communities across Canada.

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Read Our Stories

Award Canada is excited to announce its Co-curricular Strategy

May 23, 2024

Award Canada is transforming secondary education by integrating co-curricular experiential learning into existing frameworks. In partnership with educational stakeholders, the Award is addressing skill gaps, fostering student engagement, and validating non-formal learning.

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