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Apply for the Centennial Flame Award

Every year, the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) awards a Canadian citizen with a disability the Centennial Flame Research Award with the money collected from the fountain of the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill.

This year, the $7,500 award will be granted to a Canadian with a disability to conduct research on the contributions of one or more persons with disabilities to the public life of Canada. The research of the individual granted the award will be presented to HUMA and will be included in the Centennial Flame Research Award Act, which is tabled in both the House of Commons and the Senate.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • identify as a person with a disability; and
  • apply as an individual

To apply, applicants must submit the following information to the Clerk of the Committee by email:

  • A letter that, in no more than 1,000 words:
  • describes who they are and identifies their disability;
  • indicates their work or research experience, community involvement, or other relevant experience;
  • proposes their research subject, which must relate to the contributions of one or more persons with disabilities to the public life of Canada or to the activities of Parliament;
  • describes their research methodology; and
  • indicates the significance or impact of the proposed research. For example, this could include the intended outcome of the research, or how the research will be used or shared.
  • A letter of support for their application from a person of choice who is not the subject of the research. This letter should indicate the referee’s relationship to the applicant, and the referee’s occupation or credentials.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, I encourage you to apply by emailing: HUMA@parl.gc.ca.

All documents must be submitted and postmarked on or before Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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