At Elections Canada, we make it a point of honour to pursue excellence in all aspects of our activities. That is why we take pride in the recognition given to our efforts over the years. Among the awards presented to Elections Canada or members of its staff are the following:
2016 – Public Service Award of Excellence
Public Service Award of Excellence, category Excellence in Citizen-Focused Service Delivery, given to the Inspire Democracy team. This team designed and led a new initiative aimed at building and engaging a community of youth-serving organizations across Canada to help address declining electoral participation among young Canadians. Over the course of 2014, the team hosted a number of digital and in-person workshops to share Elections Canada's research and inspire the 133 participating groups to encourage young people to vote in the lead-up to the 2015 general election. The workshops and rich exchange of ideas led to better understanding of the factors affecting youth electoral participation, as well as to new forms of collaboration among participants. The team's innovative approaches served to strengthen electoral outreach and engagement efforts.
2015 – Certificate of Recognition
Employment and Social Development Canada's Office of Disability Issues awarded a Certificate of Recognition to Elections Canada's Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement Directorate and the Field Readiness and Event Management Directorate for their commitment and ongoing collaboration towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The certificate was awarded in March 2015.
2006 – Mexican Order of the Aguila Azteca
On September 28, the Mexican Order of the Aguila Azteca was presented to the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley. It is the most important award that Mexico can bestow on foreign citizens in recognition of their assistance to Mexico. At the medal presentation ceremony in Ottawa, Mexico's Ambassador to Canada, María Teresa García Segovia de Madero, praised Mr. Kingsley for strengthening Mexico and Canada's bilateral relationship, assisting the consolidation of Mexico's democratic institutions, sharing his experience with Mexico's electoral agency (Federal Electoral Institute) and conveying its work to the international community.
2005 – COGEL Award
The 2005 COGEL Award was presented to the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, to recognize his outstanding contributions to his profession and the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws. COGEL is a professional organization of government agencies, organizations and individuals with responsibilities or interests in governmental ethics, elections, campaign finance, lobbying and freedom of information.
2005 – GTEC Distinction Award
Bronze medal in GROUP 1 – Federal Awards B – Enhancing Government Operations, as part of GTEC Week (Government Technology Week), for excellence in its Voter Information Service (VIS), a voice- and Web-based service created by Elections Canada's Communications and Information Technology teams that responded to elector inquiries during the 2004 general election
2004 – APEX Award for Leadership in Service Innovation
APEX Award for Leadership in Service Innovation, from the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada to Elections Canada for its participation in the GeoBase portal project led by Natural Resources Canada
2001 – ESRI Award
ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) Award to the Elections Canada Geography staff for its third place in the Best Software Integration category