The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize the efforts of outstanding teachers in all disciplines who instill in their students a love of learning, helping them excel and build a successful future.
The Awards, offered at the Certificate of Excellence (national) and Certificate of Achievement (regional) levels, carry cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively.
Certificates of Excellence are awarded to the 15 top-ranked nominees, with at least one award designated for each of the following regions: British Columbia; Prairies; Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; Ontario; Quebec; and Atlantic Canada.
The next 35 top-ranked nominees each receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Recipients receive program pins, as well as letters and certificates signed by the Prime Minister.
Recipients are recognized at events in their communities organized by their school or school board. Cabinet ministers or members of Parliament are invited to participate in these local events.
Regional and national committees of education stakeholders from across Canada select award recipients in two stages.