Creative City Impact Awards

Celebrating the outstanding achievements of Canadian municipalities in cultural programming. The Creative City Impact Awards are presented annually at the Creative City Summit.

General Eligibility for all Awards:

Open to CCNC Class A voting (municipal) members in good standing at the time of the beginning of the awards process. This includes the following entities that have applied and been accepted for Class A voting membership in the Corporation:
  • Municipal governments and Band Councils;
  • Regional governments;
  • Officially designated local cultural planning and cultural policy bodies.

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

With the exception of the IDEA Award, the Awards of Excellence 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 Creative City Impact 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 to not 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.

2024 Awards:

Nominations are open! To be considered for the 2024 Impact Awards, nominate by June 10, 2024

Cultural Planning Award

The Cultural Planning Award recognizes a Canadian municipality* that has developed, adopted, and implemented an excellent Culture Plan with a process that demonstrates outstanding visionary leadership and best practices in cultural planning or a Canadian municipality that has reviewed, revitalized and implemented a previously adopted Culture Plan.

Past recipients:

2022 – Connections & Exchanges: A 10-Year Plan To Transform Arts and Heritage In Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council

2019 – Walking Together – Growing Connections Through Culture, City of Maple Ridge, BC

2018 – Create Victoria: Arts and Culture Master Plan, City of Victoria, BC

2017 – 2016-2026 Culture Plan, City of Moncton, NB

2016 – Transforming Hamilton Through Culture, City of Hamilton, ON


Public Art Awards

The Public Art Awards recognize Canadian municipalities* that demonstrated visionary leadership by supporting an excellent program and process that led to a successful public art project or program.

Past recipients:

Legacy Award 

2023  Sea to Sky by Thomas Cannell in collaboration with Franz Mayer of MunichCity of Richmond, BC

2022 – Alderville First Nation Commemoration Project: Manidoo Ogitigan (Spirit Garden) by Terence RadfordCity of Kingston, ON

Sustainability Award 

2023  Reconciliation Mural by Kevin PeeAce, City of Humboldt, SK

2022  Blissful Release by Vivian Rosas, City of Mississauga, ON

2019  ABᐄᓃᐤ(ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞Edmonton Arts Council

2018  Into the Debris Field: The Halifax Explosion, Halifax Regional Municipality, NS

2017  Tsa Tsa Ke K’e (Iron Foot Place) by Alex Janvier, Edmonton Arts Council

2016  Winnipeg Arts Council Public Art Program, City of Winnipeg, MB

Cultural Events Award

The Cultural Events Award recognizes a Canadian municipality* that demonstrated visionary leadership by initiating, creating, and producing an exceptional cultural event or by empowering and supporting a community initiative that led to an exceptional cultural event. Cultural events can include celebrations, festivals, exhibitions, performances, and programs.

Past recipients:

2023  Celebration of Nations, City of St. Catharines and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

2022  Shine Bright New West, City of New Westminster, AB

2019  New Year’s Eve Celebration, City of Calgary, AB

2018  Engage for Change: #YGK Reconciliation Journey, City of Kingston, ON

2017  Canada Day 2016 Our City, Our Country, Our Celebration, City of Calgary, AB

2016  The Northern International Children’s Festival of the Arts, City of St Albert, AB

Cultural Leadership Award

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.

Past recipients:

2019 – Rebecca Cann, Janis A. Barlow and Associates

2018 – Elena Bird, City of Toronto, ON

2017 – Dr. Nancy Duxbury

2016 – Burke Taylor, Taylor-Harvey Inc., and Co-director, Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, UBC

I.D.E.A. Award

The I.D.E.A. Award recognizes significant contributions by an individual, organization, or municipality working in the cultural sector that exemplifies the principles of I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) through cultural programs and initiatives including reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities.

Past recipients:

Stand Up for Culture Award

The Stand Up for Culture Award recognizes a Canadian municipality that actively recognized the value of culture work in their community over the 2020–2022 time period by lifting up their local culturally focused departments, staff, and/or programs in order to energize their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic on a local level.

This award was created for the 2022 Awards of Excellence.

2022 Micro-Grant Project with Pat the Dog, City of Waterloo, ON

Media Releases:

2023 Release
2022 Release
2019 Release
2018 Release