Canada Cares Caregiver Awards & One Wish Award
2018 Official Rules & Regulations

  1. The Canada Cares Caregiver Awards and the Canada Cares One Wish Award are open to legal residents of Canada and shall be construed and evaluated according to Canadian law. Do not enter the Canada Cares Caregiver Awards or Canada Cares One Wish Award if you are not located in Canada at the time of entry. See below for additional eligibility criteria.
  2. The Canada Cares Caregiver Awards are recognition awards. Recipients of the Canada Cares Caregiver Awards will receive no financial compensation.
    1. The Canada Cares Caregiver Awards celebrate and recognize unpaid/informal and professional caregivers, as well as communities and workplaces that are supporting and celebrating caregivers.
    2. The Canada Cares Caregiver Awards are divided into two award categories:
      1. Unpaid/Informal Caregiver (could be family/friends/relative)
      2. Professional Caregiver (health care professional)
    3. Five regional recognition awards will be awarded in the Unpaid/Informal and Professional caregiver categories resulting in ten regional award recipients. These regions are:
      1. Western Canada (1 award)—British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
      2. Central Canada (2 awards)—Ontario, Quebec
      3. Atlantic Canada (1 award)—Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador
      4. Northern Canada (1 award) – Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
    4. One national recognition award winner will be chosen from the regional winners in the Unpaid/Informal and Professional categories, resulting in two national award recipients:
      1. National Canada Cares Caregiver of the Year
      2. National Canada Cares Professional Caregiver of the Year
    5. In total, twelve (12) Canada Cares Caregiver Awards will be awarded (10 regional and 2 national).
  3. The following nomination guidelines must be followed to merit entry into the Canada Cares Caregiver Awards process:
    1. The nominator must submit a completed nomination form consisting of:
      1. The complete contact information of both the nominee and nominator.
      2. Verification that the nominee is aware of the nomination and willing to share his/her story in print, online, promotional material, and other unnamed avenues Canada Cares deems necessary at a later date.
      3. Verification that the nominator has read the complete Rules and Regulations.
      4. An essay, video or answers to the suggested guideline questions [see judging criteria] explaining and proving why the caregiver in question deserves a Canada Cares Caregiver Award.
  4. The Canada Cares Caregiver Awards nominations will be evaluated on the merit of the entry and judged on criteria based on the category that the nomination form has been submitted to. An Awards Committee, consisting of consumers and health professionals from across the country, will evaluate entries.
    1. The Canada Cares Unpaid Caregiver Awards nominations will be judged on the following five criteria:
      1. Independence & Dignity: The nominee demonstrates commitment to ensuring the individual(s) receiving their care is/are able to maintain a quality of life and level of dignity that is above the standard of others affected by similar circumstances.
      2. Caregiver Strength: The nominee demonstrates that he/she has overcome significant obstacles or committed significant time to ensure the needs of the person(s) receiving their care are met. Considerations include:
        1. Length of time as caregiver
        2. Actions that have further advanced the comfort and well being of the person(s) in their care
        3. Actions that have contributed to the quality of care
        4. Coordination of local resources
      3. Commitment to Care: The nominee exhibits reliability in meeting the needs of the person(s) requiring care. Such commitment should be demonstrated through noted actions that require caregiver engagement beyond what is expected. Considerations include:
        1. Personal sacrifice
        2. Reliability of care
        3. Advocacy in the face of adversity
      4. Community: The nominee has taken caregiving beyond their own situation and is actively involved in enhancing the lives of other caregivers or individuals requiring care through participation or support of organizations/facilities within their community.
      5. Compassion & Perseverance: The nominee demonstrates passion, empathy and a strong desire to alleviate the suffering of the person(s) requiring care.
    2. Nominators for the Canada Cares Unpaid Caregiver Awards are encouraged to use the following questions as guidelines to ensure their nomination contains all of the necessary judging criteria.
      1. How has the nominee ensured the individual(s) they are caring for is/are able to maintain a quality of life and level of dignity that is beyond the standard of others in similar circumstances?
      2. How long has the nominee been a caregiver? What obstacles has he/she overcome?
      3. How has the nominee demonstrated a commitment to caregiving beyond what is expected?
      4. How has the nominee enhanced the lives of other caregivers or individuals requiring care?
      5. How has the nominee demonstrated passion, empathy, and a desire to alleviate the suffering of the person(s) requiring care?
    3. The Canada Cares Professional Caregiver Awards nominations will be judged on the following five criteria:
      1. Independence & Dignity: The nominee demonstrates commitment to ensuring the individual(s) receiving their care is/are able to maintain a quality of life and level of dignity that is above the standard of others affected by similar circumstances.
      2. Knowledge & Professionalism: The nominee demonstrates a commitment to advancing personal knowledge pertaining to their profession, either through formal or informal means. In addition, the nominee consistently demonstrates professional traits. Considerations will include:
        1. Enthusiasm
        2. Self-motivation
        3. Competence
        4. Responsibility
        5. Cooperation
      3. Commitment to Care: The nominee exhibits reliability in meeting the needs of the person(s) requiring care. Such commitment should be demonstrated through noted actions that require caregiver engagement beyond what is expected. Considerations include:
        1. Personal sacrifice
        2. Reliability of care
        3. Advocacy in the face of adversity
      4. Community: The nominee has taken caregiving beyond their own situation and is actively involved in enhancing the lives of other caregivers or individuals requiring care through participation or support of organizations/facilities within their community.
      5. Compassion & Perseverance: The nominee demonstrates passion, empathy and a strong desire to alleviate the suffering of the person(s) requiring care.
    4. Nominators for the Canada Cares Professional Caregiver Awards are encouraged to use the following questions as guidelines to ensure their nomination contains all of the necessary judging criteria:
      1. How has the nominee ensured the individual(s) they are caring for is/are able to maintain a quality of life and level of dignity that is beyond the standard of others in similar circumstances?
      2. How has the nominee demonstrated a commitment to advancing personal knowledge pertaining to their profession?
      3. How has the nominee demonstrated a commitment to caregiving beyond what is expected?
      4. How has the nominee enhanced the lives of other caregivers or individuals requiring care?
      5. How has the nominee demonstrated passion, empathy, and a desire to alleviate the suffering of the person(s) requiring care?
    5. The Awards Committee (consisting of consumers and health professional organizations) will rate the criteria and give each a score of 1-10 [1 being that the nomination does not demonstrate the criteria and 10 being that the nomination highly demonstrates the criteria].
    6. The nomination with the highest score in each region in the unpaid/informal and professional categories will receive a Canada Cares Caregiver Award.
    7. In the event that there is more than one nomination with the same high score in a regional category, the Awards Committee will reevaluate those nominations and choose an award recipient at their own discretion.
    8. The Awards Committee will choose a National Canada Cares Caregiver Award recipient and a National Canada Cares Professional Caregiver Award recipient from the five regional winners in each of the family/unpaid and professional categories. The Awards Committee will choose this winner at their discretion.
    9. All decisions made by the Awards Committee are final and binding.
  5. The Canada Cares Caregiver Awards are open to individuals who are legal residents of Canada. Employees of Canada Cares, Canadian Abilities Foundation, Caregiver Solutions and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, promotion and advertising agencies (collectively the Promotional Parties) and the immediate family members of such employees (namely spouses, siblings, children, and parents and their spouses) and persons living in the same household as such employees are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law.
  6. The Canada Cares One Wish Award is a prize worth up to $10,000. The Canada Cares One Wish Award will be evaluated on the merit of the entry and judged according to the level of need and the creativity of the application that the nominator submits.
    1. One wish will be granted up to the amount of $10,000 (retail value of the prize is $10,000). In the event that the wish does not require the full $10,000 then Canada Cares reserves the right to fund other wishes using the remainder of the award money.
    2. The prize is subject to the following conditions:
      1. The prize must be accepted as awarded.
      2. The Canada Cares One Wish Award recipient must be nominated for a Canada Cares Caregiver Award or a Canada Cares Professional Caregiver Award. The nomination form must include a completed answer to Question #6 “If you could make one wish come true for your nominee using up to $10,000, what would it be?”
      3. If the potential recipient is nominated for a Canada Cares Professional Caregiver Award, the wish must be for a patient who is or has been cared for or chosen by the professional. The professional caregiver is not eligible to personally receive the Canada Cares One Wish Award.
      4. The recipient of the Award must be unable to fulfill the wish on their own (be it for financial, logistical, or economical reasons).
      5. The recipient of the Award must be capable of experiencing the wish.
      6. The recipient of the Award must be able to obtain a doctor’s approval if necessary.
      7. The sponsors of the Award will pay only the value of the requested wish and reserve the right to use the remaining funds to grant another wish application.
      8. The prize (if tangible) will be delivered to the winner at the location of the Sponsor’s award-giving event. (Location to be announced prior to the event).
      9. In order to be eligible for this Award, the nominee must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Canada.
      10. The recipient of the Award or power of attorney will be required to sign a release agreeing to all the foregoing conditions before being declared the actual winner of this Award.
      11. Failure to comply with any of the foregoing conditions will mean that the potential winner will forfeit their prize, or the remaining value of the prize, in its entirety and nothing will be substituted in its place.
  7. The Canada Cares One Wish Award is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of Canada. Employees Canada Cares and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, promotion and advertising agencies (collectively the Promotional Parties) and the immediate family members of such employees (namely spouses, siblings, children, and parents and their spouses) and persons living in the same household as such employees are not eligible. Void in Quebec and where prohibited by law.
  8. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an award of equal or greater value. Any federal, provincial and local taxes on prize are solely the responsibility of the winner. Canadian residents are responsible for the reporting and payment of any income taxes applicable.
  9. Award Selection: The recipients of the Canada Cares Awards will be selected from all eligible entries received on or before January, 31st 2018 (11:59 pm). Potential award recipients will be notified by telephone. The human resources department of the selected business/organization and town/city hall of the community will be contacted in order to verify the information provided in the nomination. If the recipient cannot be reached within 10 days, Canada Cares reserves the right to select another potential award recipient. Potential award recipients will be required to complete and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law) within ten (10) days of the date set forth in the notification letter. Failure to complete and return the verification documents within the required time or return of the notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate nominee may be selected.
  10. Awards Presentation: Awards will be presented in Spring 2018, to be determined. Award winners are invited to attend at their own expense.
  11. Other Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel or suspend the Award, in its entirety or in part, should virus, bug, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes beyond sponsor’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the nomination process. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the contest or by any technical or human errors, which may occur in the processing of the entries in the contest. By accepting the Award, the recipient and the nominee agree to allow use of his or her name, likeness, biographical information and/or logo for advertising and promotional purposes in any and all media (including online) without limitation as to time or territory and without additional compensation, except where prohibited. By nominating a caregiver, nominators and recipients agree to release and hold the Promotional Parties and each of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from any and all liability, loss or damage incurred with respect to the awarding, receipt, and/or use/misuse of prize. Nominators and recipients waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages. They further agree that all causes of action arising out of or connected with this award shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of legal action. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the nomination process or website or to be acting in violation of these rules. By nominating, nominators and nominees agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, participant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the award, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of Ontario, Canada. The recipient of the Canada Cares One Wish Award is not eligible for the Canada Cares Caregiver Awards or the Canada Cares Professional Caregiver Awards. Canada Cares reserves the right to fact check and confirm the validity of the nominations and applications.
  12. By submitting a nomination and by accepting the Award, the nominee and recipient agree to the use, without compensation, of their photograph, filmed or recorded image, name and city of residence, and organizational or community logo in all publicity campaigns related to the Award including on the sponsor’s website and including in any newsletter or publication published by sponsor (the “publicity usages”).
  13. By submitting a nomination and by accepting the Award the community and workplace award winners agree to provide their logo and allow it’s use in all publicity campaigns related to the Award including on the sponsor’s website and including in any newsletter or publication published by sponsor (the “publicity usages”).
  14. Sponsors: Canada Cares Resource Network, 255 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 803, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3H9; Canadian Abilities Foundation, 255 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 803, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3H9; Caregiver Solutions, 255 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 803, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3B 3H9

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