Awards and recognition opportunities


Would you like to express your appreciation of a fellow resident, business or organization who plays a vital role in strengthening our community?  A variety of recognition and award programs are available to celebrate the contributions of those who help make Kitchener a great place to live, work and play.

Recognition opportunities

Our recognition programs provide simple ways to acknowledge or say thank you to residents, businesses and organizations who help make our community better for others.

Kitchener in Bloom
Recognize a citizen, business or organization whose public-facing garden helps make Kitchener more beautiful. Nominations are closed. Visit webpage.
Good Neighbour recognition program
Recognize a Kitchener resident, group, business or organization who makes your neighbourhood a better place to live. Nominations are open. Visit webpage.
Request a certificate

Congratulatory certificates are provided to individuals, groups, businesses and other organizations in Kitchener to commemorate anniversaries, birthdays, milestone occasions, official openings and other special honours. Visit webpage.

Awards programs

Our award programs ensure that the contributions of outstanding citizens, businesses and organizations are acknowledged and honoured.

Athletic Awards

For Kitchener amateur athletes and teams who have achieved a provincial, national or international championship. Nominations are open. Visit webpage.

Business Heritage Awards

For long standing Kitchener businesses who are celebrating milestone anniversaries. Nominations are open. Visit webpage.

Great Places Awards 

For Kitchener-based projects that demonstrate a commitment to design excellence and innovation in the areas of urban design, sustainability and heritage conservation, and contribute to creating a built environment that enhances our quality of life. Nominations are closed. Visit webpage.

KYAC Youth Awards

For youth ages 14 – 24 who make contributions to Kitchener in a variety of areas, including arts and culture, sports and recreations, and social action and justice, and adults 25 years of age and older who volunteer their time to support youth. Nominations are open. Visit webpage.

Mayor's City Builder Award

For Kitchener citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to making our city and community a better place today and in the future. Nominations are open. Visit webpage.

Senior of the Year

For Kitchener citizens over the age of 65 who enrich the social, cultural or civic life of their community. Nominations are open. Visit webpage.

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