Apply Now for the 2017 Minister’s Medal


The Minister's Medal is a competitive, annual award program that recognizes excellent work done by health care partners across the province. The recipient of the award is someone who places patients at the centre of the circle of care while promoting value and quality in the health care system.

This award supports the Patients First Action Plan for Health Care, which ensures that the health care decision-making process reflects the needs and opinions of those that it serves.

The theme of this year's awards is Patients as Partners, which focuses on health system issues being addressed in collaboration with people that matter most – patients, caregivers and their families. By highlighting the importance of collaborating with individuals with lived experience, the ministry is working to ensure patients' voices are heard in health care decision-making at all levels.

In previous years, two medals have been awarded – one for teams working together to provide excellence in patient-centred care, and one for individual providers who have demonstrated dedication, vision and leadership in championing high quality patient-centred care.

In addition to these awards, the ministry is introducing a new award category for 2017 that recognizes the important contributions of patients, families, and caregivers who have enhanced patient engagement within their communities. This award will highlight the many opportunities for patient engagement at all levels of the system and recognize patients as partners in health care delivery.

How to Apply

Download the following application and send to the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) via email by 5:00pm on August 8, 2017. Submissions in the North West LHIN may be emailed to: Byron Ball or Jessica Logozzo


For more information please visit the official Minister's Medal webpage found here

What is the Minister's Medal and why is it being awarded?

The Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety is an annual competitive award program designed to recognize the excellent work done by health care partners across the province. As a competitive annual program, it provides an opportunity to recognize system champions who place the patient at the centre of the circle of care while promoting value and quality in the health care system.

How is the Minister's Medal different from other award programs?

The Minister's Medal is the only recognition program of its kind in Ontario focused on honouring excellence in quality and safety and is open to all health care partners across the province. The Minister's Medal is not limited to any specific sector or type of provider, and is open to all health care partners and patients across the province.

Why apply for the Minister's Medal?

The Minister's Medal is a prestigious and competitive recognition program that highlights the successes of Ontario's health system partners in providing excellent, high-quality, and patient-centred care. Along with showcasing effective collaborations and partnerships with patients to improve Ontario's health system, the medal provides a platform to honour and showcase achievements of health system partners and patients, and allows for the sharing of these successes and best practices across the system.

Benefits of being recognized through the Minister's Medal include:

  • Participation in the award presentation at Health Quality Transformation, Canada's largest conference on health care quality
  • A short video showcasing the successes of the winners and the impact of their work
  • Increased profile across the province and beyond, increasing potential for additional partnerships and collaboration
  • Recognition and increased engagement of front-line staff dedicated to delivering high-quality care to patients.

Have there been any changes to the program this year?

This year the Minister's Medal will be recognizing the achievements in partnership and collaboration between health care providers, patients, and the individuals who support their care. This will include recognizing the important role that patients, caregivers and their families play in the design and implementation of health care programs and services.