The Premier’s Awards honor the important social and economic contributions college graduates make to Ontario. The Awards were launched in 1992 by the College Compensation and Appointments Council to mark the 25th anniversary of Ontario’s college system of education. They hold the same distinction as the Order of Ontario.
Presented annually, the awards acknowledge six outstanding graduates from:
- Creative Arts and Design
- Community Services
- Health Sciences
- Recent Graduate
Chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario’s 24 colleges, candidates must demonstrate outstanding career success related to their college experience and significant contributions to their community.
Each recipient receives a Premier’s Award medal designed by sculptor Dora de Pédery-Hunt. A $5,000 bursary is also directed to the graduating college.