Molson Prizes - 2023

The Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.

Canada Council for the Arts

Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, two Molson Prizes of $50,000 each are awarded annually to encourage continuing contributions to Canada's cultural and intellectual heritage. One is given in the arts, and one in the social sciences or humanities.

The Canada Council is committed to equity and inclusion, and encourages applications and nominations from culturally diverse, deaf, disability and official language minority artists, groups and organizations.

More information about the Molson Prize


Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, but do not need to be residing in Canada. They must have made a substantial and distinguished contribution over a significant period, having clearly demonstrated their outstanding achievements through a body of work or by other tangible/quantifiable means.  Nominees should still be active and productive scholars.  The Selection Committees consistently choose laureates close to the top of their outstanding careers.

Nomination Process

A complete nomination package will consist of:

  • The nomination form
  • A letter of nomination containing original signature (2 pages) that includes a brief description of the nature of the nominee’s distinguished contributions to their field, including why they should be considered for the prize 
  • A one-page biography
  • Nominee's CV (10 pages)
  • Three original signed letters of support from experts in the field
  • A maximum of six support items (max 4 pages each) from sources other than the nominee; newspaper or magazine articles, press releases, etc.

Guidelines and nomination forms


Nominations will be evaluated based the following weighted criteria:

Merit (50%)

  • the quality of the candidate’s overall career achievements and where appropriate, the international stature of the candidate

Impact (40%)

  • the scope of the candidate’s contributions to the cultural or intellectual heritage of Canada, taking into account the context of their artistic discipline or academic field of study
  • evidence of the candidate’s outstanding commitment, creativity and efforts to share research and knowledge beyond the artistic or academic community

Relevance (10%)

  • the influence of the candidate and their work on enriching and evolving current thinking and practice in their area of expertise
  • the candidate’s contributions towards a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society


Submit your nomination package as one email to


Internal Notice of Intent (NOI) to Nominate: August 16, 2022
Email if you wish to have Western Research support and coordination of your application

The final submission deadline for the 2023 Molson Prizes: October 1, 2022.


Julaine Hall
Research Development Consultant, Awards & Distinctions
Telephone: 519-661-2111 (ext. 87970)