Eligibility Criteria

Youth Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider youth candidates who:

  • Are 24 years of age or under at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, commitment and achievements in their schools and/or local communities
  • Carry out voluntary, not-for-profit environmental efforts, outside of the candidate’s course requirements and/or employment activities, with notable accomplishments that have resulted in continuous, long-term and sustainable impacts within their schools and/or local communities
  • Engage, educate and/or empower other students and/or community members to support a healthier environment
  • Focus their environmental efforts in Canada
  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada
  • Are not an elected official (applicable to all levels of Government)
  • Completed the Youth Hometown Heroes nomination package, including all forms and supporting documentation

Individual Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider individual candidates who:

  • Are 25 years of age or over at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, commitment and achievements in their communities
  • Carry out voluntary, not-for-profit environmental efforts, outside of the candidate’s employment activities, with notable accomplishments that have resulted in continuous, long-term and sustainable impacts within local communities
  • Engage, educate and/or empower community members to support a healthier environment
  • Focus their environmental efforts in Canada
  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada
  • Are not an elected official (applicable to all levels of Government)
  • Completed the Individual Hometown Heroes nomination package, including all forms and supporting documentation

Group Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider group candidates who:

  • Operate as a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization, volunteer group or school
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, commitment and achievements in local communities
  • Carry out not-for-profit environmental efforts with notable accomplishments that have resulted in continuous, long-term and sustainable impacts within local communities
  • Engage, educate and/or empower community members to support a healthier environment
  • Focus their environmental efforts in Canada
  • Are not fully funded and delivered by any level of government
  • Completed the Group Hometown Heroes nomination package, including all forms and supporting documentation

Small Business Hometown Heroes Award

Earth Day Canada will consider small business candidates who:

  • Are Canadian-owned and operated, and have operated as a registered business for at least two years
  • Carry out their business locally and regionally
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership, innovation and benefits beyond their products and/or services
  • Prioritize long-term environmental planning and/or commitment as an integral part of their business model and/or operations that have resulted in positive sustainable impacts
  • Are engaged in internal initiatives that incorporate environmental best practices, resource conservation and green living from supply chain management to employee engagement programs
  • Serve as community ambassadors, influencing and engaging suppliers, customers and the general public to educate and/or empower them to support a healthier environment
  • Are not government or quasi-government entities
  • Completed the Small Business Hometown Heroes nomination package, including all forms and supporting documentation