Welcome to the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence page. The competition and gala are held annually in May, alternating between Montreal and Toronto.

The next Gala will be held in Montreal on May 22, 2024, when YMA celebrates its 50th anniversary.

In December of each year, YMA opens the entries for the next Awards of Excellence. The competition is open to Canadian youth productions whose original language is French when held in Montreal, and English when held in Toronto, and which were broadcast in Canada between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year.

See the Nominations and Gala sections for more details. Visit the YMA website to submit and manage your nominations. Rules and conditions are available on the site. The deadline for receiving entries for the Awards of Excellence is February.

The English-language Awards of Excellence are made possible through the support of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Nomination Application

The Call for Nominations for the next Awards of Excellence usually goes out in December, and the deadline for submissions is February. The competition is open to Canadian children's and youth productions broadcast in Canada between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year.

Categories may vary according to the English or French version. Detailed texts are provided in the language of a said year depending if that year is the english or french speaking event.

Click here for nomination details, rules and conditions, and nomination forms.

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The Gala

The Prix d'Excellence Gala is held annually in May. Approximately 16 to 20 Awards of Excellence are presented each year. Over 200 industry professionals join YMA to celebrate the talent, passion and creativity of Canadian children's and youth production professionals. 

The evening is an unforgettable moment for ALL who attend, all those who have helped YMA achieve its mission through their commitment to the children's media community.

Click here for more details on the Gala, including on-sale dates and ticket prices. 

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The Trophy


In 2022, the Award of Excellence trophy was redesigned by Québec Artist Marie-Josée Roy. This sculpture was cast in aluminum and bears the artist’s signature. Its design conveys childhood in all its beauty, a sense of lightness, a spontaneity full of peace.

This trophy is now the signature of EXCELLENCE for the YMA Awards.

Past Events