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Ready for change

Help young people to be ready for the world, at a time when the world needs them more than ever.
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Covid -19

We've created a hub with ideas and information for Participants and Award Leaders during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Determine what level is right for you. The Award is divided into three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.


Ready for Change

Ready for our new normal

Ready for our new world

On International Youth Day, HRH The Earl of Wessex shares his message during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Together, we can help young Canadians see that there is more in them than they think and help them become the leaders of the future. 


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COVID-19 Updates + Resources

The flexible program of the Award means that young people can still work towards achieving their goals and Award while at home! We have worked with our partners and global Award family to develop a list of activity ideas, and created temporary changes to our framework to support young people and the adult volunteers who support them towards achieving their Award. Below you will also find additional opportunities and resources which are aimed to support young Canadians as they complete their Award during COVID-19. 

What we do

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global non-formal education and learning framework  which recognizes and celebrates young people's achievements outside of the classroom.The Award allows young people to determine what they are passionate about, regardless of their background, culture or access to resources. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.​ 


Giving Back
We believe that a culture of giving and volunteerism is the key to a successful society.
The minimum total number of hours devoted to volunteering by participants who completed Award during 2017
$2.3 million
The minimum social economic value of hours participants who completed the Award donated back to Canadian communities in 2017.


Our Framework

The Award is completed in  three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold . There are four Sections of activities for all Award levels, plus a Gold Project at the Gold. ​ 


Give back

​The Award encourages young people to spend time volunteering in their community, which both benefits others and contributes to their own growth and well-being.

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Find your genius

Participants can choose to improve on an existing skill or try something completely new, as they develop personal interests and enhance their practical and social skills.

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Break a sweat

Physical Recreation encourages healthy behavior not only for Participants, but also for their communities, via improved health, or active participation in team activities. This section specifically aims to impacts the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of Participants.

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Get Wild

The Adventurous Journey sparks exploration and drives a sense of adventure, as small teams plan, train and undertake a journey through an unfamiliar environment.

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Go away, explore, discover

Completed at the Gold level, the Gold Project provides a Participant the opportunity to learn how to work with people of different backgrounds, develop skills and build confidence living in new environments.​

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