Innovation in Policy

About the Award

Innovation in Policy

The Better Canada Institute (BCI) is looking to recognize  an impactful and innovative policy that any Canadian organization, institution, group etc. has developed and implemented. The policy must demonstrate dedication, passion, and positive outcomes towards a specific public policy area. 

As a non-partisan organization, BCI celebrates cross-partisan collaboration and therefore, the recipient of this award should demonstrate how, through their work on this issue, they engaged across party lines, between levels of government, and/or with a variety of stakeholders.


Eligibility and Obligations

  • Any group, organization, institution, etc. that has planned and implemented a public policy that demonstrates innovation, dedication, passion, and positive outcomes across any area of public policy is eligible.
  • The organization may appoint representatives from within the organization to complete the application process and accept the award on its behalf. 
  • The policy(ies) the nominee highlights for consideration must be recent, within  the 18 months (after January 2020) prior to the date nominations open.
  • If shortlisted, the nominee agrees to allow BCI the use of their logo, photo, application materials, or any other relevant material submitted in the application. – *see section 3.2 of the terms and conditions for additional information.
  • The shortlisted nominees will be required to share a brief video as part of the selection process.
  • The shortlisted candidates are invited to attend the virtual award event. If the candidate is unable to attend, an individual(s) of their choosing may accept the award in their place.


  • The nominee must have developed and fully implemented a policy, facilitated from start to finish, and that policy must demonstrate passion and innovation in solving that policy issue. 
  • The application must provide evidence of measurable policy impact (i.e. data, summaries and conclusions gathered from data).
  • The organization must show leadership and tangible outcomes in the policy area featured in their application.

Who Can Submit

1. May be nominated or self-nominated.

2. Nominations may be made by individuals who know the nominee well enough to share the nominee’s achievements. This could include board members, staff members, volunteers, client or community members; and can be made with or without the candidate’s knowledge of nomination. We encourage collaboration between nominees and nominators to create stronger applications.

Selection Proces

  • The selection committee will be an independent committee composed of the Better Canada Institute leadership.
  • The selection committee will deliberate on a shortlist, which will be released on and all relevant communications platforms. The shortlisted nominees will receive an email notification with next steps before the shortlist is released publicly.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a brief video detailing their work before a final award winner is chosen.
  • The recipient of the award will be announced at the BCI Awards Event (Date TBA).

Important Dates

· JUNE 30, 2021: Nominations Open
· OCTOBER 1, 2021 Nominations Close
· OCTOBER 15, 2021 Short-List Announced
· TBD, 2021 Virtual Award Event

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Choi, Awards Coordinator, at If any accessibility accommodations are required, please let us know in advance so we can best accommodate you.

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