The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism is an initiative that recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to multiculturalism and diversity in Canada. The first winner was announced in June 2009.
One award recipient is chosen every year in one of the following two categories:
- Lifetime Achievement: Open to individuals who have demonstrated ongoing dedication to promoting a strong multicultural society in Canada over a period of at least ten years.
- Outstanding Achievement: Open to individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to Canadian multiculturalism for at least one year within the last five years.
The winner will receive a certificate of honour signed and presented by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism at an awards ceremony in June 2011. In addition, he or she will choose an eligible, registered, not-for-profit Canadian organization or association to receive a $20,000 grant.
Nominations are now being accepted from the public. To be considered for the 2011 award, nominations must be postmarked by March 1, 2011. The award is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
For more information on the award, eligibility requirements and the nomination process, please visit www.cic.gc.ca/paulyuzyk or call 1-888-77 MULTI (1-888-776-8584).
Check out the video on YouTube, which promotes the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.