About the Program

The City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards recognize people who, or programs that, have made a difference in Toronto by reducing discrimination and barriers to equality. The Awards are community-driven, where nominations come from Toronto residents, and the five recipients are selected by a panel of community individuals with expertise and knowledge of issues pertinent to the awards.

The AEHR Awards program is currently under review. Please re-visit this webpage at a later date for more information on call for nominations, event time and date.

The impressive work and achievements of the 2017 award recipients include:

  • addressing conflicts in communities using arts programming;
  • providing safe and supportive housing to trans people who are medically transitioning;
  • supporting Muslim children with disabilities and their families;
  • bringing Indigenous knowledge and healing to address issues of violence and to educate non-Indigenous communities; and
  • establishing an organization to promote provide free legal advice to residents.

Aboriginal & Indigenous Affairs Award

Given to those whose volunteer efforts have improved the well-being and advancement of the Aboriginal/Indigenous community.

The Access Award for Disability Issues

Given to a person, group or organization that has made a significant contribution towards improving access for people with disabilities.

Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women

Recognizes a resident whose actions have helped secure the equitable treatment of women, either socially, economically or culturally.

The Pride Award for LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Issues

Established to mark the decision to adopt a human rights policy to provide protection on the basis of sexual orientation.

William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations

Presented to a person or persons who has made a contribution toward a positive race relations climate.

Past Recipients

Find out who has received an Access, Equity and Human Rights Award.