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

This year, the nomination deadline has been extended to May 31, 2021.

For more information and to download the nomination form, please visit the Senior of the Year webpage

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.

Who is eligible

Your nominee must:

  • have contributed to the community after the age of 65 and has made their community a better place to live
  • be a resident of Ontario

Seniors who qualify for this award may have contributed to many different fields such as the arts, literature, community service, volunteering, education, environment, fitness, and humanitarian activities.

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who has passed away
  • someone currently holding political office

An individual cannot be nominated for achievements related to a current political appointment.

Nominate someone

If you know someone who should be considered for this award, please contact your municipality. Only municipalities can submit a nomination. Municipalities receive information about the award in March each year.

Nomination deadline

If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, they can submit their nomination before 5 p.m. the next business day. If a nomination is received after the deadline, it will be considered for the following year.

Award presentation

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