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The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines who best equip their students to meet the challenges of our changing society and knowledge-based economy.

The education stakeholders from across Canada who make up the national and regional selection committees look for evidence that teachers have achieved outstanding results with students, inspired them to learn and continue learning, and equipped them with the knowledge, attitudes, and abilities they need to succeed in our changing society and knowledge-based economy. Specifically, they recognize nominees who have excelled in the following areas:

  • innovative and exemplary teaching practices;
  • student skills development;
  • student interest and participation;
  • student achievement and performance; and
  • teacher commitment and leadership.

Teachers may receive one of two awards: the Certificate of Excellence and the Certificate of Achievement. All recipients receive a certificate from the Prime Minister. In addition, each recipient's school receives a cash award to be used for educational purposes, such as professional development or equipment, and a certificate recognizing its support of and contribution to the teacher's achievement.

Certificate of Excellence recipients travel to Ottawa where they participate in best practice sessions, and receive their award at a special event hosted by the Prime Minister. Certificate of Achievement recipients are honoured at local events involving supervisors, colleagues, and local Members of Parliament or local leaders, as appropriate.

For more information about the program, send an email or call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232).

All written correspondence should be addressed to:

The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence
Industry Canada
Jean Edmonds Building, Tower North
300 Slater Street, Room 1882D
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8