Do you know an outstanding young person?

The young people of Ottawa are doing amazing things. Join us in honouring their generosity and accomplishments by nominating a young person for the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards.  This year’s nominations will open on Monday February 5th, 2017.

Click here 2017 Nomination Information Package for an information sheet.


The deadline for nominations is FRIDAY MARCH 31ST, 2017.


Award Categories

For 2017, Awards are presented in the following seven categories:

  • Academic Perseverance
  • Arts & Culture
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Service & Caring
  • Strength Through Diversity
  • Take A Stand
  • Max Keeping Personal Courage Award

Click Here for more details on the criteria for each award category. For information on past award recipients, please visit the Spirit Alumni page.



  • Nominees must be 21 or under as of January 1st, 2017.
  • Nominees must reside within the Ottawa mega-city limits
  • Anyone, youth and adults alike, can nominate a young person for an award!



Once nominations have closed, the Spirit Awards Selection Committee will review all nominations and additional information. In each of the seven award categories, the Selection Committee will select two winners for each category.  Each winner will receive a $700.00 bursary. Each winner will also be provided with three tickets to attend the event, one for themselves and two for guests of their choice.

Complete the online nomination by March 31st, 2017.

**Nominations for an individual only need to be submitted on one occasion, winners are not selected by the amount of nominations but by the quality of the single submission. If you would like to confirm that we have received your nomination please e-mail Thank you