Use this form to nominate for the City of Toronto's Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards. Through these awards, the City recognizes people or organizations that have created a more equitable city by addressing discrimination and working to eliminate barriers to equality.
A description of each award is below. If you wish to nominate an individual or organization/community agency for more than one award, please submit a separate form for each nomination. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 20, 2019 at 5pm. If you require more information or an alternate format, please call 416-338-1086 or send an email to email@example.com.
Applicants may nominate themselves or another individual, with their consent. All applicants must complete the application form and include two letters of reference of support from references who have direct knowledge of the nominees' skills and experience.
Applications for all awards will be open on August 12, 2019 at 9am and are due by September 20, 2019 at 5pm. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Preparation: Please begin your application once you have the following items listed below ready to upload (Microsoft Word or PDF documents only up to 10MB)
A statement (up to 1000 words) about why the nominee is deserving of the award
Two (2) reference letters that highlight the nominees' skills and experience
Biography / profile of nominee
Please ensure you have received consent from the nominee and they are a resident or non-profit organization of the City of Toronto.
The award recipients will be invited to an event at City Hall on December 10, 2019, International Human Rights Day. The award recipients will be presented with an award and a monetary gift of recognition. We strongly encourage candidates to be available to receive the award. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Winners will be contacted in October 2019.
Mino Bimaadiziwin Award (Indigenous Award)
This award was created in 2003 to honour the contributions made by a person(s) or non-profit organization whose efforts have made significant contributions to the well-being and advancement of the Urban Indigenous Community of Toronto. Mino Bimaadiziwin, living the Good Life, is a part of being for Indigenous persons and the successful recipient will have lived up to that and promoted this inside and outside of the community. This could be specific to areas such as health, housing, governance, human rights, culture, values, and or self-determination.
The award is open to residents of Toronto or non-profit organizations that provide a program or service for Indigenous residents.
Disability Access Award
The Disability Access Award was established in 1982 and is given to a person(s) or non-profit organization representing or serving people with disabilities that has made a significant contribution towards improving access for people with disabilities in Toronto. This award recognizes efforts and initiatives demonstrating excellence in disability-inclusive programs and services, including designing a new or renovated facility or building, information and communication innovation, entrepreneurial or employment program, or anything that contributes to the empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities and their independence.
The award is open to residents of Toronto or non-profit organizations that provide a program or service for people with disabilities who:
Have demonstrated exceptional leadership to advance the empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities in Toronto and/or;
Have shown a commitment to accessibility and disability rights through creating or leading community-based programs or services that strive to identify, prevent and remove barriers faced by people with disabilities in Toronto
Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women's Equality
Established in 1979, the Constance E Hamilton Award was named after the first woman member of City Council elected in 1920. The Award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women in Toronto and who has encouraged others in their efforts to achieve equality and to remove barriers.
The award is open to residents of Toronto who have demonstrated exceptional leadership to advance the empowerment and inclusion of women in Toronto.
The Pride Award for LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Two-Spirit) Inclusion was established in 2003 to mark the 30th anniversary of Toronto City Council’s decision to adopt a human rights policy to provide protection on the basis of sexual orientation.
This award honours the contributions of person(s) or non-profit organizations that have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the well-being, advancement and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, trans and two-spirit communities in Toronto.
The award is open to residents of Toronto or non-profit organizations that provide a program or service for the LGBTQ2S community in Toronto.
William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award
The William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award was established in 1987 and is named after the first person of African heritage to serve as a Toronto City Councillor. William P. Hubbard entered politics in 1894 and served for a total of 15 years. He was Acting Mayor in 1906 and 1907. He was an advocate of public ownership of the hydroelectric system and during his political career worked towards the founding of Ontario Hydro.
This award celebrates the achievements of Toronto residents who work, often without recognition, to challenge racism and support a more harmonious city. Their dedication and commitment has improved the quality of life for all in the City. The public acknowledgement of the work of the recipients serves to encourage others to become actively involved in the elimination of racism.
The award is open to residents of Toronto or non-profit organizations that provide a program or service to address racism and create a more equitable Toronto.
People & Equity Division collects personal information on this form under the legal authority of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, SO 2006, Chapter 11, Schedule A, s 136(c) and the City of Toronto By-law No 3-2003. The information will be used to determine nominees' eligibility for the 2019 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards and to contact award recipients. Questions about this collection can be directed to Maha Nathani at 416-338-1086.
Form Identifier Number: 37-0065 2019-08