Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction
About the award
The Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction recognize the exceptional achievements of dedicated professionals and volunteers in the field of victim services, as well as the important work of individual victims.
The awards also encourage the sharing of best practices among victim services professionals and volunteers across the province.
The award ceremony is held annually during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.
The Victim Services Awards of Distinction were held on May 31, 2017 in Toronto. Read more about the award recipients
Nominate a person or group
Nominations are now closed.
How winners are selected
The completed nomination forms are reviewed by a panel of ministry representatives determined by the Attorney General and members of the Office for Victims of Crime.
Learn more about this award
Learn more about the award and the people and groups it has honoured since 2007:
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you establish this awards program?
We established the Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction in 2006 to recognize the high quality services and supports that people and organizations provide to victims of crime on a daily basis throughout the province.
We also want to recognize the exemplary efforts of individuals who are personally impacted by crime and have raised the profile of victims' issues in Ontario.
How does this program help improve services to victims?
Our government is committed to increasing the effectiveness of victim services across the province. One step in achieving this goal is to help ensure that local agencies know about, and learn from, the successes of exemplary individuals and organizations.
The Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction provide a valuable opportunity for the people who develop and carry out victim services programs to learn from the experiences of others.
Who is eligible for an award?
Nominees must be an Ontario resident, and may be:
- individual victims of crime*, their family members, or others personally impacted by crime who have raised the profile of victims’ issues in Ontario
- volunteers who offer their time and personal resources to help victims
- professional practitioners and paid victim services providers who have gone above and beyond their duties while providing support to victims of crime
- programs, groups and organizations that deliver innovative services to victims of crime
There is no age restriction for nominees. Nominations are particularly welcomed for youth who have made exceptional contributions to victim services in their communities.
*Crime means an offence under the Criminal Code (Canada).
Who is not eligible for an award?
The ministry cannot accept self-nominations or nominations for:
- persons with cases currently before the courts
- persons who are not residents of Ontario
- organizations located outside of Ontario
- employees of federal, provincial and municipal governments and sworn police officers.
Who may submit a nomination?
Any Ontario-based organization or Ontario resident may submit a nomination.
What is the deadline for nominations?
Details about the 2018 nomination deadline will be available in November 2017.
Is there a monetary value to these awards?
No, there is no monetary value to the awards.
How much does this cost? Wouldn’t the money be better spent on providing services to victims?
The cost of the program is very modest. We believe that raising awareness and providing improved services to victims far outweigh the minimal costs involved.