Employment Ontario Leadership Awards

Nomination Instructions

Use the nomination form and below checklist to verify that you have all the required documents and information to submit your nomination. Please ensure that you have submitted all materials to the contact listed below. To be fair to all nominees, incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.

Preparing your nomination:

The submission should demonstrate how the achievement is outstanding and has an impact on Employment Ontario (EO) clients, and their pathway to employment. Including results and concrete examples with reference to the success of the client before and after the actions taken will strengthen the nomination.

The achievement must have been implemented or completed during the current fiscal year (from April 1, 2015 until March 31, 2016).

Nominations will be assessed based on the following five (5) overall criteria:

  • Need
  • Impact
  • Problem Solving
  • Benefit to Client and Broader Community
  • Overall Effectiveness of the Achievement

The below category descriptions should be utilized when preparing nominations.


Nominations in this category should feature an innovation(s) that an organization or individual has introduced in order to improve, expand, or increase the level of service to EO clients. Recipients must demonstrate how a unique innovation or innovative method, process or practice has made a measurable impact on clients who access their programs or services. This innovation can be the implementation of a new technology or a new process or approach to service delivery. The innovation should address a specific challenge or issue faced by clients or the organization and must result in identifiable, positive outcomes for clients, the community and/or the organization involved.


Nominations in this category should demonstrate how a new or existing collaboration or partnership has resulted in positive impacts to clients, an organization and/or the community. Recipients should highlight how a unique partnership solved a specific problem, addressed a need, or improved service delivery in some capacity. This may involve one or more of the following stakeholders working together: employers, non-profit organizations, and/or government agencies.

Customer Service

Nominations in this category should demonstrate an exemplary level of service that takes into account the unique needs and challenges facing clients. Recipients will demonstrate how their actions taken went “above and beyond” to address the need of the client. The nomination should highlight how the recipient solved a complex problem using a creative and multi-faceted approach. This might include developing new procedures or processes to meet special circumstances. The nomination should explain how the actions of the service provider have resulted in a meaningful and measurable impact on the client. A client can include an individual, an organization such as an employer, or it can be more broadly defined such as community or client group.

Check list for nomination materials:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • 3 to 5 signed testimonial letters/letters of support
    (it is recommended to keep each letter to one page)
  • Photos/Images that are illustrative of the achievement
    (please note that it is mandatory to submit a photo of the nominee(s)).
  • Completed and signed photo/media Consent Form

Submission instructions:

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 24, 2016. Please email your completed nomination package (as outlined in the checklist above) by the due date to: EOAwards@ontario.ca

You will receive an automatic reply once you’ve submitted your application. If you do not receive one within 24 hours, please contact your Employment and Training Consultant. 

Need assistance?

If you have any further questions, please check out the frequently asked questions section or email us at EOAwards@ontario.ca.