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This award is given by a municipality to recognize an outstanding senior who, after age 65, enriches the social, cultural or civic life of the community.

Ontario’s seniors have worked hard to help build this great province that we all enjoy today. This award gives each municipality the opportunity to honour one of their outstanding local seniors for the contributions they’ve made to enrich the social, cultural, and civic life of their community.


The person you nominate (the nominee) must be:

  • at least 65 years of age
  • a resident of Ontario
  • a living person who has made their community a better place to live
  • nominated by a municipality in Ontario

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who has passed away
  • elected federal, provincial, municipal representatives or political appointees

Required information

To submit a nomination, you will need to provide:

  • The municipality’s information, address, email and phone number
  • The nominee’s first name, last name, home address, email address and phone number
  • The municipal representative’s title, first name, last name, email address and phone number. etc.)

How to nominate someone

  1. Gather the required information.
  2. Create an account (or sign in for returning users) on the Ontario Honours and Awards Portal.
  3. Submit your nomination on the portal.

Go to nomination portal

If you don’t want to apply online, you can download the Ontario Senior of the Year nomination form and submit it by mail to:

Volunteer Recognition Unit
Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism
400 University Avenue, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON  M7A 2R9

Only municipalities can submit a nomination. If you know someone who should be considered for this award, please contact your municipality.


The deadline to nominate someone is April 30 of each year. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered in the following year.

Selection process

If nomination criteria are met, a certificate will be mailed to the municipality within three to four weeks of receiving the submission.

Award presentation

The award certificates are presented to recipients at a local event, typically during Seniors' Month in June.