• 2019 Awards of Excellence Press Release
  • 2019 Call for Nominations

    The Call for Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Excellence is now closed. Award recipients will be announced at the 2019 Creative City Summit in Saskatoon, SK, October 1-3, 2019.

  • CCNC Awards Mandate, Vision, Process and Goals
    For more information about the  CCNC Awards, including the Mandate, Vision, Process and Goals, please view the PDF here.
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Awards of Excellence


Celebrating the outstanding achievements of Canadian municipalities in Cultural Planning, Public Art, and Cultural Events.

General Eligibility for all Awards:

Open to CCNC Class A voting (municipal) members in good standing. This includes the following entities that have applied and been accepted for Class A voting membership in the Corporation:

  • Municipal governments;
  • Regional governments;
  • Officially designated local cultural planning and cultural policy bodies; and
  • Band Councils.

* Municipalities may self-nominate for all awards EXCEPT the Cultural Leadership Award.

These Awards are not open to Class B non-voting (organizational and individual) members. This includes: Provincial, territorial and federal governments in Canada; Governing authorities in other countries; Not-for-profits; Businesses; Educational institutions; and Individuals.

Selection Process:  

The CCNC Awards Program promotes a principled and effective adjudication process. A volunteer peer jury conducts a review of all submissions and selects the successful candidates. The recipients are celebrated at the CCNC’s annual summit. The jury may decide not to bestow an award in any given year. The current standing CCNC Board of Directors, and by extension their municipalities, are not eligible to serve on the Awards Program Jury.

Awards Categories:

Background Photo Credit:
Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto, ON
  • Award Description:

    The Cultural Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions by individuals working in the field of local cultural planning, programs and services who have shown inspired leadership and exceptional dedication to supporting the work and the vision of the Creative City Network of Canada.


    • The Cultural Leadership Award is intended to allow colleagues and/or the selection jury to recognize individual CCNC members for their broad achievements in the area of cultural policy, planning and practice and for their significant contributions to the Creative City Network of Canada. Only individuals may be nominated for this award.

    Award Criteria:
    Nominators of individuals for this distinguished award must address the following award criteria:
    • Contributed unique, outstanding and substantial achievements in the field of local cultural planning, programs and services;
    • Promoted professional excellence;
    • Advocated the sharing of knowledge between individuals and communities;
    • Contributed expertise and personal and/or organizational resources to the Creative City Network of Canada;
    • Dedicated a substantial amount of time over a sustained period to promote Creative City Network of Canada;
    • Inspired and mobilized other individuals to advance Creative City Network of Canada and its goals.

    Nominations for this award are not restricted by membership.

    To submit a nomination for the Cultural Leadership Award, please send the following to :

    1. Name and contact information for the Nominee and Nominator;
    2. A 300 - 500 word statement explaining why the Nominee merits the award and meets the criteria.

    All nominations are confidential and only the awarded individual will be contacted.

    Please contact Diane Thorpe, Awards Program Consultant at or 250-891-7006 to discuss this award. Self-nominations are not accepted. Thank you.