Nomination and Selection Processes

Nominations should be for initiatives and achievements undertaken in the past two calendar years (this requirement is waived for recognition of outstanding careers). In addition to new nominations, nominators are permitted to resubmit unsuccessful nominations for initiatives and achievements undertaken in the past two calendar years.

A call for nominations is now open for the Search and Rescue (SAR) categories and all federal nominations in the other award categories. All nominations for these categories must be submitted, using the nomination form, by January 31, 2018 to:

Public Safety Canada
Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award
269 Laurier Avenue West, Room 17B-2500
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8

Please note that these addresses are only for SAR nominations (federal level, and all provinces/territories), and federal nominations in the Resilient Communities, Youth, and Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management categories.

Nominations sent to these addresses may be considered in a different category, as appropriate.

Additionally, if it is determined by the EMESA administrators that the scope of the nominee's achievements relates more to a different jurisdiction (e.g. provincial/territorial instead of federal), the nominator will be informed, so he/she can send the nomination to the appropriate jurisdiction, as appropriate.

For SAR category awards, nominations will flow through the National SAR Secretariat, who will engage the SAR community to select nominations for submission to the General Selection Committee.

For non-SAR categories, provinces and territories may submit up to five nominees in each category. If you would like to know more about the nomination process in your province or territory, visit the Provincial/Territorial Contacts page.

A General Selection Committee conducts a national review of recipients in all award categories. This Committee includes representatives from all levels of government, Indigenous communities, SAR, non-governmental and professional organizations, as well as Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. This committee is reflective of the whole-of-society approach to Emergency Management, and will help to ensure that Canadians from across the country, who serve in a variety of roles, both paid and volunteer, are considered equally for this prestigious award.

The General Selection Committee will make recommendations on award recipients to Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management, which includes representatives from all provinces and territories. This body will ultimately choose the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award recipients.

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