Nominations Open for 15th Annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award


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The first and only national awards program celebrating immigrant success in Canada turns 15 this year! With the support of presenting sponsor Western Union, and open the call for nominations for the 2023 annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

The Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards is the leader in sharing inspiring stories of immigrants and recognizing their contributions to their adopted country. Today, with rising immigration numbers, it’s as important as ever to combat negative stereotypes and spotlight how immigrants overcome systemic barriers to achieve personal success, give back to Canada and serve as role models for newcomers. This year’s program is also supported by COSTI Immigrant Services, and Windmill Microlending.

Immigrants who have been honoured with this prestigious national award in past years include national men’s soccer head coach, John Herdman; chief statistician of Canada, Anil Arora; celebrity restaurateur, Vikran Vij; prima ballerina, Chan Hon Goh; as well as many unsung heroes who have demonstrated incredible contributions in their communities and for the country.

“Fifteen years ago, we at Canadian Immigrant launched the Top 25 awards to shine a spotlight on the stories of immigrants who have come to Canada, achieved great things and made the country a better place,” says Sanjay Agnihotri, publisher of Canadian Immigrant. “Every year, we are so inspired by the people who are nominated and make it to the Top 25 and know — even a decade and a half later — that there are so many other success stories to tell.”

“We are honoured once again to sponsor and recognize these awards for the second year, as well as the hard work and sacrifices made by the new members of our community that are creating stronger bonds with citizens throughout the world, while contributing to the overall economic growth and well-being here at home,” says Ari Hagnas, Western Union general manager for Canada.

Eligibility criteria and nomination process

A nominee can be anyone who has immigrated to Canada and has since contributed to the success and uplifting of this country and/or its people. Achievements can be either professional or personal. Nominees must be aged 15 or older, hold permanent resident or citizen status in Canada, and reside in Canada.

Nominations can be made until March 10, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST. A distinguished panel of judges made up of past winners will review all nominees and present a list of 75 finalists who will be announced in April, after which all Canadians can vote for their favourite nominees.

The 25 winners will be announced in August 2023 in Canadian Immigrant and online at Two of the winners will

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