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    Air Canada Award

    The Air Canada Award, presented at the annual Genie Awards from 1980 to 1994, was given for "outstanding contributions to the business of filmmaking in Canada."

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    Honours which have not been applied for or competed for, but which have been bestowed in recognition of extraordinary merit, achievement, leadership, or munificence.

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    Governor General's Literary Awards

    The Governor General’s Literary Awards are the pre-eminent literary prize offered for single works in Canada. They serve to reward Canadian writers and to publicize Canadian literature through the announcement of short-listed nominees and the awards ceremony each year. As of 2017, there were 14 categories, seven each in English and French, with a cash prize of $25,000 each. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to promote it, and authors that are shortlisted as finalists receive $1,000.

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    Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

    The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) are Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts. The Awards were created in 1992 by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn (1934-2002), then Governor General of Canada, and his wife Gerda.

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    Juno Awards

    The Juno Awards are Canada’s music recording industry awards. They have been administered by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) since 1975, when the awards ceremony was first telecast. The gala’s popularity has grown significantly since 1995, when it was transformed from an industry function into a public event at an arena concert venue. In the early 2000s, the “Juno Week” ceremony was expanded to include public entertainment events; these include the Songwriters' Circle, JunoFest, Juno Fan Fare and the Juno Cup charity hockey game. The Juno Awards also encompass the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. It was founded by CARAS in 1978.

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    Nobel Prizes and Canada

    The Nobel Prizes are awarded annually for achievements that have significantly benefitted humankind. The prizes are among the highest international honours and are awarded in six categories: physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, peace, and economics. They are administered by the Nobel Foundation and awarded by institutions in Sweden and Norway. Eighteen Canadians have won Nobel Prizes, excluding Canadian-born individuals who gave up their citizenship and members of organizations that have won the peace prize.

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    Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature

    The Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature is awarded to the author of an outstanding body of work in children's literature. The winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is announced annually at the Writers' Trust Awards event. The prize is worth $20 000.

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    Wendy Michener Award

    The Wendy Michener Award was presented at the Canadian Film Awards from 1969 to 1978 in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement in Canadian cinema.

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    Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Prize

    Established in 2008 by the WRITERS' TRUST OF CANADA, the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Prize was created by merging two previously existing prizes: the Marian Engel Award for a female writer in mid-career and the Timothy Findley Award for a male writer in mid-career.

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    Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize

    The Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize, awarded by the Writers' Trust of Canada and established in 1997, recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year's best work of literary non-fiction. The current prize value is $25 000 and finalists receive $2500 each.

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    Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

    The WRITERS' TRUST OF CANADA/MCCLELLAND & STEWART Journey Prize is awarded annually to a new and developing writer of distinction for a short story published in a Canadian literary publication.

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