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Waterloo Award

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The Waterloo Award is the City of Waterloo's highest civic honour. Individuals of all ages, whose outstanding contributions have enhanced the quality of life in our community, are eligible for this award. Fifty individuals have received a Waterloo Award since its inception in 1997.

Waterloo is a vibrant city in which to live, work, learn and play. Its foundation is based on entrepreneurship, discovery and innovation. Its future will benefit from people who embody a spirit of creativity and collaboration, who demonstrate leadership and innovative thinking - people who look outside the box to find new and inventive ways to improve our community.

Consider nominating someone you know who has made life better in Waterloo.

Nominations are now closed

Thank you for taking the time to submit a Waterloo Award nomination. We will reopen nominations in 2019.


A review committee consisting of citizens will review the nominations and submit their recommendations to council. Council will make the final selection of the award recipient(s). 

The individual(s) selected to receive the Waterloo Award, and their nominator(s) will be contacted in early September 2018.


Waterloo Award recipients will be recognized by Mayor Jaworsky and members of council at a televised city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. This is a highly anticipated ceremony and we encourage recipients, their nominators and family members to attend.

More information

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations and posthumous nominations shall not be accepted. Current members of City of Waterloo Council may not submit a nomination nor be eligible to receive the award. Other municipal, provincial or federally elected representatives or those running for office may submit a nomination but are not eligible to receive the award while in office. Current City of Waterloo employees may submit a nomination for others but are not eligible to receive the award.

Nominations are kept confidential and nominees are only publically profiled if they receive the Waterloo Award.

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