Order of Ottawa

order of ottawa

The Order of Ottawa celebrates outstanding citizens. This prestigious civic award recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa.

Please take a moment to nominate an Ottawa resident whose extraordinary work and commitment has helped make our city a better place to live. 


Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community is eligible for nomination.

Submissions consisting exclusively of volunteer work will not be considered. Such submissions, however, could be considered for the Mayor's City Builder Award, a civic honour created to recognize outstanding volunteerism.

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Municipal, provincial and federal officials are not eligible to be considered for this award while they are in office.

Nominations will be considered every year for five consecutive years from the date of submission.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online or by completing a nomination form, available at your local community centre, public library or any Client Service Centre.

You can also download and print a copy of the nomination form.

Mail to:

City of Ottawa,
Order of Ottawa Selection Committee, c/o Office of Protocol,
110 Laurier Avenue West,
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Deadline for nominations

Nominations for consideration for the 2016 Order of Ottawa are now closed. Nominations received after September 9, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST. will be considered in 2017.


All nominations are considered by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer, Library Services. 


The Mayor of the City of Ottawa invests the recipients at an annual civic ceremony. Recipients and their nominators are notified in advance of the investiture.

Past recipients

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

In 2003, in recognition of Brian Kilrea's 1,000th career victory, the City of Ottawa created the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching to acknowledge the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea's exceptional career. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony.

An outstanding citizen may be nominated for either the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.