The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a global framework that allows young people to determine what they are passionate about, regardless of their background, culture or access to resources. We champion young Canadians to take ownership of their present and future by expanding their skill sets, broadening their experiences and testing their limits.

How the Award is ​Achieved

Each young person who takes part volunteers in their community, learns a skill, improves their physical fitness, and experiences a team adventure in a new environment. Success in the Award is measured by regular participation over a fixed period of time while showing commitment and progress in each activity. All participants are supported by a network of adult mentors called Award Leaders and Assessors.

The Fundamentals of the Award

  • Regular participation in activities is required to meet the time requirements of each Award Section and Level
  • Focuses on capacity building by encouraging all young Canadians to make independent decisions and to negotiate priorities through participation
  • Provides a framework that works with all young people in any conceivable situation which includes: youth at risk, Indigenous youth, new refugees, marginalized youth, young people in regional and remote communities, and young people with disabilities
  • Assists with the provision of social infrastructure in the community and draws together and connects people, institutions and generations with the common purpose of youth development and inclusion

Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, our Participants:

  • Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best
  • Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices
  • Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community
  • Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement
  • Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success
  • Learn important life skills
  • Increase their career opportunities