GATINEAU, QC, April 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadians across the country still have an opportunity to show appreciation for extraordinary volunteers in their communities. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today reminded Canadians that the call for nominations for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards closes on April 15, 2013. "Our government is proud of all the Canadians whose volunteer work enriches our communities and exemplifies all that makes Canada such a great country," said Minister Finley. "If you know a business, a not-for-profit organization or an individual who deserves a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award, there is still time to nominate them." Almost half of all Canadians volunteer their time, energy and skills to benefit their communities. They spend an average of 156 hours a year volunteering, with the highest average being in Nova Scotia, at 207 hours. Businesses contribute to their communities in many ways as well. For example, in 2010, over half of employees who volunteered said that they had their employer's support to do so. The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards were created to recognize outstanding voluntary contributions. The regional component includes categories for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and individual volunteers or groups of volunteers. The national component is divided into two categories: one for lifelong achievement and one for new volunteers. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony and can identify an eligible not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award). To learn more about the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards, submit a nomination, watch a video of highlights from the ceremony and view a list of the inaugural winners, please visit www.pm.gc.ca/awards or www.facebook.com/PrixduPMAwards or call 1-877-825-0434.
Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing the enormous contribution volunteers make to Canada. The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards were created as a way to annually recognize those who make exceptional contributions as volunteers, including individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses. Almost half of all Canadians (47%) volunteer their time, energy and skills to benefit their communities, with the value of their work estimated at around $14 billion, or the equivalent of nearly 1.1 million full-time jobs. Volunteers are crucial to Canada's not-for-profit sector, which includes 161,000 registered charities and not-for-profit organizations. Businesses contribute to their communities in many ways as well. For example, in 2010, over half of employees who volunteered said that they had received support to do so from their employer. The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards (PMVAs) consist of 17 awards in total.