Nominate Amazing.

Do you know someone who is involved in worthwhile community service, is contributing while living with a limitation, has performed an heroic act, demonstrates individual excellence, or is going above and beyond to help others?


If so, nominate them for a 2016 Ontario Junior Citizen Award!





Nomination forms are available for download below and from your local community newspaper.  


Nominations close November 30, and a committee of newspaper editors, publishers and the program's sponsors then selects up to 12 individual award winners. These final recipients will be announced on this Web site on Friday, January 27, 2017.


Every nominee receives an Ontario Junior Citizen certificate of recognition from their local community newspaper on behalf of the awards committee, and the final recipients are presented their awards during a special ceremony in Toronto.


The Ontario Junior Citizen Awards are a public service of your community newspaper.

Almost five million Ontario households receive a paper published by a member of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. The Association acts on behalf of its members to help them better serve their communities. 


Help us celebrate the best of your community! 

Nominate an outstanding individual you know, and help us recognize the incredible determination, imagination, and spirit that make our lives and our communities better.


Each submission must include at least two supporting nominations.

Parents/Guardians must sign to acknowledge the PIPEDA policy.


Nomination Form (English Word document) Nomination Form (French Word document)
Nomination Form (English PDF)Nomination Form (French PDF)
Supporting Form (English Word document)Supporting Form (French Word document)
Supporting Form (English PDF)Supporting Form (French PDF)
Policy concerning the Personal Information Act (PIPEDA)


Nomination forms are also available at, and completed forms may be returned to: 

  • The Ontario Community Newspapers Association,
    37 Front Street E, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario M5E 1B3, Tel: 416-923-7724, Ext. 4439 · Fax: 905-639-6962 Email:
  • Your local community newspaper office
Any resident of Ontario, aged six to 17 years (must be at least six years, but no older than 17 years by November 30, 2015), is eligible to receive an Ontario Junior Citizen Award. Only individuals may be nominated. 

Nominees may be involved in
  • worthwhile community service;
  • special young people who are contributing while living with a physical or psychological limitation;
  • individuals who have performed acts of heroism or bravery in the past year;
  • excellence in personal achievements
  • recipients may also be 'good kids' who show a commitment to make life better for others and do more than is normally expected of someone their age.


Where are they now?

Here are updates on a few previous Ontario Junior Citizens:


 Justin Hines, 1999 Ontario Junior Citizen, Stouffville, ON 

Justin was recognized for applying his musical talents, and incredible optimism and spirit to support charities and help others, all while dealing with his own physical challenges.


Justin has since toured internationally, and is recognized worldwide for his advocacy. He continues to sing, write, and speak about hope and helping others, and received the Order of Ontario in 2014 for his charitable work and international success.


Annaleise Carr, 2012 and 2014 Ontario Junior Citizen, Simcoe, ON 

At age 14, Annaleise was the youngest person to ever swim across Lake Ontario. Two years later, Annaleise swam across Lake Erie. Combined these efforts raised awareness and hundreds of thousands of dollars for Camp Trillium, a family camp for children with cancer.


Since then, her book, Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer has sold thousands of copies, and inspired many others to take on great challenges and help others. 


Maya Burhanpurkar, 2010 Ontario Junior Citizen, Shanty Bay, ON 

At age 11, Maya was an ‘A' student who had already conducted her own research on plant-based antibiotics, donated her hair for wigs for children with cancer, and volunteered for a summer at a rural hospital in India.



Since then, Maya raised money for Haitian earthquake relief, received many humanitarian and science awards, and discovered the physical nature of a previously only theorized property in physics!


We'd like to share more Where are they now? stories. If you know a past Ontario Junior Citizen Award recipient, please invite them to contact their local community newspaper, e-mail us at or call Kelly Gorven at 416-923-7724 ext. 4439.


Thank you! 

Meet Past Recipients

Read about the 2015 Junior Citizens
Read about the 2014 Junior Citizens
Read about the 2013 Junior Citizens


Our Sponsors

Our goal to recognize outstanding young people in communities across Ontario would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

Primary Sponsor 

TD Canada: Making a Difference Together 

TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2014, TD donated over $82 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit


Patron Sponsors
McLaren Press Graphics Ltd
Performance Printing
Temiskaming Printing Co.

For more information on the Ontario Junior Citizens Awards, please contact Kelly Gorven 416-923-7724 ext. 4439.