RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards


What are the RBC Spirit Awards?

Since 1997, we have been the proud hosts of the RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards. The awards are an annual event that celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of youth who are making our community, and the world a better place. The event itself is a complete celebration of young people.

We introduce the community to an exceptional group of youth who encourage and motivate others, who demonstrate outstanding initiative and creativity, and who have overcome tremendous adversity through their passion for life. We have the honour and privilege of sharing their incredible stories, passion, and dedication with the community, in hopes of inspiring others to step up and make a difference in their own communities.

This year we’re excited to announce that we will be hosting the 26th annual RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards on June 29th, 2023. Guests of all ages are invited and the event is free. Registration will open in May. 

We're looking for 14 youth to recognize!

Do you know a young person who gives back to the community, inspires change in others, exhibits inspirational leadership and deserves to be recognized? Then nominate them today and let us reward them for all that they do! We are looking for 14 young changemakers to honour at the upcoming RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards. If you know someone who would be a great fit, read on! 

There are two youth awardees in seven category, each recipient will receive:

    • $1,000 bursary 
    •  An invitation to the awards gala on June 29th, 2023
    • Opportunity to be featured in news through partners such as CTV Ottawa
    • networking opportunities
    • & more!

Awards are presented in the following categories: Academic Perseverance, Arts & Culture, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Service & Caring, Strength Through Diversity, Take a Stand and the Max Keeping Award for Personal Courage. These categories are designed to broaden our appreciation for what is being done in our community from the smallest gesture to international efforts.

Nominations will open on February 22, 2023 and will be open until March 31, 2023. 

Entry requirements:

    • Be between the ages of 14-21 as of January 1, 2023.
    • Reside within the Ottawa mega-city limits.
    • Be aware that their name and photograph may be used for publicity before/after the awards in local media and on Youth Ottawa promotional materials.
    • Be aware that their nomination information may be used in other youth related events and or organizations.
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Support young emerging leaders at Ottawa's preeminent Youth Awards!

As leaders in the community, this is a unique opportunity for you to celebrate and give back to tomorrow’s leaders! Download our information package to learn more about the different ways you can get involved with the awards! 

Spirit Stories

Hear from past spirit alumni! Alumni share what the awards meant to them and their work in the community.

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